Universal Principle, 2016, 3.9 x 1.3 x 0.66m kinetic sculpture comprised of extruded polystyrene core, fibreglass shell, plaster, paint and motorised turning device.
Universal Principle was the third part of Shaping Change. Exploring the paradox of the one and the many, it materialised a creative activity said to exist throughout being. A dynamic product of the view that mind permeates nature and humanity, its enigmatic design contrasted thought and feeling. Seen in the light of historical research into the meaning of concepts, it studied how self-reflection gives rise to consciousness through productive processes released or infused into art.
Where the mural recognised internal conflict and the video accepted social change, the sculpture symbolised a creative process that bridges the one and the other.
Delving into the tension between form (Apollo) and formlessness (Dionysos), Universal Principle conjured or disclosed unlimited processes in a limited product.
Invoking conscious and unconscious states, it reconciles objectivity and indwelling infinitude through the fluid interaction of positive form and negative shapes.
Universal Principle, 2016