Enchanted since childhood by geometric shapes and qualified with a degree in art from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague (2008), Townley's art derives from her fascination with science, with an emphasis on physics, engineering, and mathematics.
Her interest led her to discover the works of fellow Dutchman, M. C. Escher, quite possibly the most famous graphic artist in the world. His “impossible” sketches and repetitive patterns inspired her to explore the geometric side of art.
Captivated by how machines can convert relatively simple circular motions into quite complex nonlinear and chaotic patterns, Townley finds the robustness and apparent immortality of mechanical machines fascinating.
Besides her love for mechanics, Townley is also a student of how we perceive the world around us. Optical illusions are a good example of how our brains try to fit confusing visual information into known mental frameworks.
Our attention is jarred by chaos while order generally brings us peace; Townley likes to create sculptures that produce repetitive movements with alternating moments of chaos and order, which result in the observer feeling alternating tension and relief, creating an almost hypnotic effect on the viewer.
« Colorola », Unique piece
160×160×20 cm – 206,000 AED