Research has always been a fundamental part of my process; it is a way of focusing my ideas while remaining open to the tangents that arise within this initial exploratory phase. My typical cycle of work involves an intensive period of reading and note taking, after which I will put that material aside and move into creating in a more spontaneous and reactive way. Having that underlying conceptual framework of ideas enriches the more unconscious work, often revealing connections within the original trains of thought of which I was unaware.
Whenever I am working on a project I like to create a project binder, a space where I can physically collect and rearrange my ideas as the work develops. This is particularly important in larger scale multi-part installations where there are multiple ideas being developed simultaneously. Additionally, I like to develop samples and tests as a way to thoroughly document my ideas. Having this database allows me to then visualize potential new work with more clarity.