Julie Mehretu uses a process of layering and erasing very similar to my process. Her geometric shapes mimic architecture. So you look at the structure and you can’t really define anything, but you know that it’s really just created out of geometric shapes. The more information that is layered the harder it is to decipher what is what which Mehretu says is intentional. She wants the images to be vague so that the viewer interprets what they want to. I do the same thing with my figures and layers.
She quotes in Artist 21, "What I’m really focused on and trying to go after in my work is not necessarily being informed by other artists’ work. It’s about trying to understand myself. I keep going back to that, digging deeper into who I am. You have all this experience that determines who you are, and you can’t change that too much. You know you can only get to know yourself better, understand yourself better, and evolve and try to grow. That’s how I am with my work—trying to push and understand what I make and why I make it the way that I do. Why the fascination with certain materials?"
I too am trying to figure out who I am and why I want to make what I do. I am constantly pushing the materials, mediums and content as for as I can. I want this struggle of chaos verses structure. Mehretu uses as her inspiration architecture, the news and life experiences. I use the brain, neurons, figures and color as inspiration to create my work.