encaustic and graphite, 90"x40"

September 2016


This painting has its roots in a trip to Japan two years earlier. Compositionally, it's related to some of the large scrolls I saw there, and the sweeping wave shape is also a recurring element I encountered in visiting museums. From there, however, Hexquake takes a decidedly mathematical turn—I used a hexagonal grid over a cartesian to define the wave, and copied some of my multi-variable calculus notes to form the background. I had the idea of an abstract representation of math and line raining down into a hexagonal tsunami.