copyright (c) 2011-2016, deborah bouchette and aleatoric art. all rights reserved.please note that the Chaucer drawing machines are forms of original art and under copyright.
My “Chaucer” sculptures are low-tech drawing machines that make wild, scribbly, seismographic maps with me while I’m on the go, whether driving or hiking. The results reflect more than movement and geography, though, because they also record my mood and the weather: a choreography of the trip. I named the sculpture series after the poet Geoffrey Chaucer because, like his characters in The Canterbury Tales, each sculpture tells a tale of the going and coming.
Before "twitter" and "tweet" were Internet buzzwords, they described the onomatopoeic tidings of birds. In our busy lives, we suppress the babble around us, yet energies continuously ripple through space, bombarding us despite our ambivalence. Instead of ignoring these energies, I respond to the thrust and parry of vibrations—vocalizations, cyclical data, weather, waves, tremors—and draw and paint using line and repetition to describe their pulsing beats. String theory, the flock and flight of birds, and Eugène Minkowski's description of reverberation as an "inescapable life-force" excite me. Sometimes I delineate conceptual energy meridians from sketches, photographs, maps, diagrams, dance, and music.When I layer depictions of repercussive events, I create a visual density that mimics the multitude of driving forces in which we move—the background noise that we so easily push aside. Within the snarl of echoes, negative spaces float like quiescent mezzanines. My work appears abstract, but it incorporates sound, beat, wave, and reverberation as metaphors for the ebb and flow, the chaos and calm of life itself.