Each piece in this series, “Systems Explorations”, begins with drawing a traditional Islamic pattern. This approach grew out of several previous series based on Zellige tiles from Morocco, which I immersed myself in on a trip in 2014 after having admired them from afar for many years. I find the order and peace inherent in these patterns a relief from the disarming chaos in the world. Yet I am attracted to disrupting these patterns in order to reveal something previously hidden, which feels akin to acknowledging the effect of unpredictable change on tradition. When I discover a way forward within a process that dismantles order, my focus shifts from destruction to creation. The more I press forward, navigating back and forth between repetition, progression, and randomness, the more possibilities I find for invention and surprise. I never tire of the symbiotic relationship between geometric and organic structures.