Michael says: I am primarily a painter, interested in the forms and movement created by repetition and juxtaposition of lines and figures. I've always believed that about 50% of what gives a visual piece its power is what is brought to it by the viewer.
I had been thinking for some time about a piece I could make wherein the forms and actual movements can be brought on by the viewer, through actual physical rearrangement. Gradually it took shape in my mind as multiple paintings on glass pieces, which could be housed in a frame that allows movement of the individual pieces, changing the shape and content of the painting as its components are rearranged.
I used enamel paints baked onto three glass panes for this piece, and I built the wooden frame with three individual tracks which allow the panes to slide freely back and forth. Additionally, panes may be removed and placed back in a different order to create further possibilities. Hanging in front of a window (or any light source), the painted lines - intersecting, dissecting, merging and fusing - create an infinite variance of pattern as the viewer interacts with the piece to change its configuration.