Simon Schofield creates digital images of enormous vitality and complexity, each composed from immense constellations of smaller detailed elements. He uses this technique to capture the vibrancy seen in nature and scientific phenomena, or to explore the limits of drawing and pattern using vast fields of tiny drawn elements and endless reconfigurations of decorative symbols and motifs. Despite their complexity, many of his images achieve a quietly meditative, oceanic quality.
In order to construct these surfaces Simon Schofield has developed new software tools that assemble the images over time, using many thousands of repeated operations, according to sets of rules. These are then saved out and printed on to paper or fabric in a range of sizes in order to expose their full richness.
The process suggests some interesting possibilities in the area of pattern and surface design. His system is able to make what we would call "patterns" - recognisable configurations that are homogeneous over a very large area - but patterns that contain no repeat no matter how large the expanse. In this way we are able to think of his patterns and images as statistical entities, rather than as deterministic, pre-planned outcomes and in this way, again, they mirror the qualities of natural phenomenon rather than mechanically produced artifacts.