I know what you mean, but it's something I've got over.
It's just whatever works. I see a bit that looks good, and re-use it. It's all messy and dis organised. Repetition is just a way to have all the shapes colliding with each other, or to create order given how messy it is. I don't add to them, I can't, I can only re-use what I have because none of its drawn or generated. I don't work on part of an image, then do the rest; everything affects everything. And I like it like that, because to me they appear more real, less contrived. Always the texture/shapes/colours are new. I'm just not into 'things', not into huge illustrations with loads going on, because I always think how does that part over there link in with that other bit and it makes no sense to me because I look at my stuff as a whole, and want to change them as a whole, the detail in between is just what's been built up over hundreds of edits over the weeks/months. I like Autechre I guess because I listen to some of their music, like EP7 and I want the tracks to change a bit more dramatically, and often the changes occur underneath where you can't detect them until the 10th listen and by then you get used to how the track just is. They feel like their own thing, like they only change slowly and rigorously and in their own time and there's a beauty to that. But at the same time I want something all over the place. The images where I was shifting parts all over were an attempt to do that. Doing loads of these and not fretting about making one big epic piece means just concentrating on actually what differentiates the images from each other, which is just the shapes, the pixels, the textures. Making one piece, then just doing another that's slightly different, then another, and another, then there's one that's totally different from what I was doing last month...that'll do. I think there's a lot of variety...i mean enough to do hundreds of them and not get them mixed up. I have done a lot of similar ones, but I've been trying to do 1 a day since may last year.
Like, Kandinsky, just zany shapes and lines! I don't get it..so when I'm doing this stuff, I keep editing what I have, and having it so the overall composition and big shapes are quite straight forward but the textures are complicated. I work vertically and horizontally so there's conflict...so it's never decorative or whimsy. So there's a point to it, an intent, aggression and frustration, and so it looks like it's trying to break free and it wants to rip and tear itself apart in the most vivid manner. I guess that's it really. I want all the shapes to react to each other, for it to vibrate. For bits to splinter off. I don't know the reason to do it otherwise. Asking me to draw some keys with pencils would bore me because I wouldn't see the point. I like to have shapes and textures to work with. I like comparing some good images with bad ones and trying to see what's good and what's bad; and it's usually the clarity and detail. I need to have something to work with, something to try to make better.
i write loads but I'll just copy and paste parts of this when I get asked about them next time.