A Matrix in a mathematical sense is a collection of numbers, coefficients arranged into a fixed number of rows and columns to solve and simplify mathematical problems such as simultaneous equations. Matrices are used mathematically to help solve a variety of scientific and geometric problems. Beyond the mathematical definition, I am using paintings arranged into a matrix to create a “Surreal” image. Speculatively, it may still be a mathematical representation in which a solution is a “pleasing or interesting” composition. These are arranged into rows and columns of 1x2, 2×2, 3×2, 1×3, etc.
The number of possible combinations can be surprisingly large, 4 paintings (which are square) can have as many as 72 different arrangements: (1x4; 4x1 and 2x2 = 4!+4!+4! = 24+24+24 =72). Another characteristic of Matrix paintings, especially 2x2 and higher, is symmetry with a180 degree reversal, when reversed compositions are still “readable” and offer new experience.
A lot of my arrangements are not permanent and therefore can be re-arranged as an exploration or to create multiple unique compositions. This begins to enter the realm of “Conceptual Art”.
In my process of creating Matrix paintings, I have defined different types. When images are just combined, I call that a Matrix. When images are combined and worked further to enhance the composition, I call that a Merged Matrix. When a Matrix is used as a source and then painted on a single substrate, I call that a Fulfilled Matrix. I have also created a fourth category, a Reversed Matrix, where a Matrix is created from a single image source.
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