Carol Reid, Detroit
“Pathway Patterns”
http://pathwaypatterns.com/

Pathway Patterns is all about relationships: the visual relationships between the design parts, and the social relationships between the participants who interact with the parts - an interface of parts and participants. Participants make personal aesthetic choices as they select from thousands of individual parts and determine the placement of their choices in relationship to parts placed by others. Over time and space, these choices and relationships evolve into patterns of pathways that start, continue, stop, and restart. Each pattern is a living work of art; a pattern of relationships enriched by diversity and synergy - a reflection of individual differences and group cooperation.

Artist Statement

The most entertaining toy my parents gave me was a box of pattern blocks that could be arranged and rearranged to form a different design every time.  Sixty years later, this toy inspired me to create Pathway Patterns, an interactive art medium and process that I love to share.  The medium is a collection of design parts; the process is the interaction between the parts and the participants who play with them.

After I designed my first set of parts, I played alone with them, amused by the complex, elaborate patterns they formed. I shared the parts with my family and their response was enthusiastic, so I decided to extend the experience. Moving from self to family, to friends, to my immediate community, and beyond has expanded my role as an artist, and clarified my belief in the innate, universal spirit of creativity.  The experience of exploring relationships between the parts, discovering pathways and building patterns with others has become more meaningful than all of my preceding, independent work as a painter.

Pathway Patterns is all about relationships:  the visual relationships between the design parts, and the social relationships between the participants who interact with the parts - an interface of parts and participants. Participants make personal aesthetic choices as they select from thousands of individual parts and determine the placement of their choices in relationship to parts placed by others. Over time and space, these choices and relationships evolve into patterns of pathways that start, continue, stop, and restart. 

Each pattern is a unique living work of art; a pattern of relationships enriched by diversity and synergy - a reflection of individual differences and group cooperation.

Artist Bio

Carol Cook Reid is a social artist. She is the designer, maker, and facilitator of Pathway Patterns, an interactive art medium and process that brings people and art together to explore visual and social relationships, discover pathways, and build patterns. Pathway Patterns has been shared with over thirty diverse community groups and presented in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Ms. Reid is also the designer and maker of Pathway Patterns Flip Parts, a creative non-competitive art game.

Ms. Reid was born in Owosso, Michigan in 1942, and currently resides in Brownstown Township, downriver from Detroit.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Michigan State University, and taught elementary school art.  Retiring in 2003, she resumed her education and art practice and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Painting at Wayne State University in Detroit.  Ms. Reid is represented by Biddle Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan.