Taking a wrong turn in the Louvre, I found myself looking at a collection of 17th Century hourglasses. These early timepieces, with two bulbous ends separated by a skinny middle where falling granules of sand marked the passage of time, became a departure point for a series of paintings. As an abstract painter, I like to work with an image and a system. The image typically originates from some experience in the world, which comes into my studio and transmutes over time through drawing and making things. The system is the necessity of creating structure – carving out a set of rules that shift, adjust and are open to accident. My “hourglass” system consisted of making a curve, on a piece of transparent vellum and flipping it and turning upside down to make an hourglass shape.