Artist’s Statement

I have always been intrigued by the various ways in which place, sound, movement  and number have been depicted over time. These include ancient maps, celestial charts, musical notation, board games and calculating devices, in particular the abacus, whose name may originally have signified dust. In the process of interpreting one mystery, the deviser of a visual language incidentally creates another.

Some years ago, as I moved towards a more abstract approach to painting, I began to look at these things, and their different dimensions, more closely. My paintings are the charts and scores and devices of my imagination:
a way of tracing something backwards in order to
find the beginning.

Mark Fry
November 2021