More than the Sum of its Parts

I draw on mostly anything and everything… stay still long enough and I’ll probably draw on you!

Whether I am using hundreds of hatched marks to form one figure, or making 15 smaller pieces to compose a larger creation, I enjoy exploring the notion that “the whole is more than the sum of its parts”.  Indeed, the “whole-part relationship is meaningful.” (Kurt Koffka, 1935: New York: Harcourt-Brace. p 176)

Presently, I have been creating a plethora of smaller (4″ x 6″  approx.) works with paper and panel that will eventually culminate into a larger wall installation.

Lauren A. Toomer
Lauren A. Toomer. In-progress!
Lauren A. Toomer- side detail
Lauren A. Toomer- Stacks and syndromes- inside layers/ side detail, 2013. Graphite, ink, on paper

The artists Berry McGee and Vincent Van Gogh  show this “whole/sum /part” relationship in the two drawings below.

Berry McGee
Berry McGee
Vincent Van Gogh  Saint-Rémy Olives  1889  Reed pen and brown ink  Van Gogh Museum  Amsterdam
Vincent Van Gogh Saint-Rémy Olives 1889 Reed pen and brown ink Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam