This work is about the intersection of constructed human geometry and naturally occurring pattern. Doecke is interested in the unique affinity humans have for systems and order. He says “We prefer simplified geometric shapes, such as the flat surfaces of our built environment, yet at the same time we are drawn to certain complex patterns. In this work, I explore how the self-organising characteristics of the natural world contrast and combine with constructed abstract geometric shapes.”
Like much of Doecke’s work Tetrahex
uses a process of abrasion reduction woodcut to render colour to layers of the wood to draw attention to the grain pattern. The assembly of abstract geometric shape allows for light and shadow to interact and change the surface character of the print.
is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.