Visual Network Paintings Exploring Connection by Hadley Radt
Hadley Radt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is currently living and working in the Bay Area. She received her BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in 2014 and her MFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in 2017. Radt’s work has received numerous awards, has been featured in exhibitions throughout California and is part of private collections across the United States.
Radt’s paintings explore the connection between systems in our environment and how they relate to her own impulse to construct order. The structures she develops become a woven pattern of overlapping and intertwining shapes and lines. The marks become a visual network of intricate systems and patterns that she builds and deconstructs by establishing a logic and method.
Even as she attempts to formulate routines of order in her pieces, the patterns start to become tangled, creating environments of organized chaos. Mistakes occur within her mark making, and her hand can be seen. She intentionally and unintentionally interrupts the systems she builds, causing unexpected glitches that break the pattern. The errors make the work less mechanical and, instead, adds a human quality.
Radt is exploring terrains of connections; physical, psychological, emotional, neurological. She is interested in the depiction of these connections and tracking layers of information. She is curious about how the viewer is able to move through the accumulation of marks, finding their own pathways to navigate.
Radt is inspired by examples of repetition and geometry in both the natural and built environment. Including; maps, architecture, fractals, particle formations, and neural networks. Our environment is full of repetition and pattern, she is intrigued by all of these different kinds of order and they influence the structures she creates in her work.