Joanne Hus :: Artist & Author



About the Art

I grew up with a lot of chaos and found solace in mathematics. By the time I graduated from high school, I had taken every math course offered, from Algebra and Geometry to Functions and Calculus. Even in art school, I took Calc II and Calc III. The big appeal of math for me was its relentless logic, the binary of "works / doesn't work." There was such a pure order to it all which was the perfect antidote to the turmoil around me. 

I have long been intrigued by the idea of random data informing a visual work, much as John Cage used the I Ching to compose music. In the series, "Random Acts of Beauty," I use random data to generate works which appear to have some kind of pattern or meaning, but which in fact do not. I organize all these random data points into highly structured forms—which says more about me than perhaps I care to admit!—in order to tap into the human desire to see pattern, and to frustrate that desire. In this way, I invite both the viewer and myself to be more open to the unknown, to be more comfortable with chaos, and to question the need for order.

The actual process itself is very meditative, and the resulting works all have an element of calm to them. I never know what a piece will look like until it is done, and it is always a joy to watch it reveal itself.

Photos this page by Susan McCabe

Photos this page by Susan McCabe