Identity Sequence RW pi

A large grid made from very small components is how I visualized the articulation of this sequence of pi. I created a system: I defined a specific method for directly articulating the digits; I defined colors and a sequence for the colors; chose a number sequence; and followed the plan to create the work. I was thinking about: identity codes, internal patterns that code the individual, DNA, external codes, population, individuals and masses. I wanted to use a pi sequence large enough that a pattern would be revealed, a pattern that read as some sort of code, a blueprint that described something specific. Even if it was not clear what that thing was, I wanted the pattern to resonate a purpose.

Seminal process decisions made for “Identity Sequence RW pi” began to create, early on, a more architectural form which later influenced the method by which the individual panels were joined to create the larger sections. This grid is constructed from 429 panels in 11 rows and 19 columns. 11 and 19 are prime numbers. This articulation is a little more complex. Of the two sizes of panels, the 5”x 7” units are perpendicular to the wall and the 5”x 5” units are installed parallel to the wall, joining the perpendicular columns together. Thinking about a medical lab, specifically glass tiles and blood samples, I settled on two colors, white and red. The white is really a translucent colorless resin and the red is expressed in multiple shades of red. The two colors are alternated to articulate the digits, for example, the sequence 31415 looks like: 3 red, 1 white, 4 red, 1 white, 5 red. A second pass over the grid articulates the same digits with the 5”x5” wall-parallel panels, alternating floating and recessed, so that 3 panels float, 1 is recessed, 4 float, 1 is recessed, 5 float, and so on. The purpose of the dual method was to obscure an obvious read while revealing a pattern that reads like a code. The small panels are joined together to form 4 somewhat equally sized vertical sections. Can be shown as one solid grid or sections can be separated to accommodate limited linear footage and entry ways.

Also, focusing on how the material process parallels identity construction, I crocheted all the units in this group to be the same. Each single unit used the same stitch and the same number of stitches to produce a mass of individuals who began exactly the same but by enduring the steps within this material process, the cookie cutter units took baby steps towards individuation. There are many opportunities within each process step to lose control of the form and distort each unit in its own unique way. Upon first look, the small units that assemble to create the one large body seem the same, but in actuality, no two units are.

A prime number is a positive integer that can only be divided by 1 and itself. Prime numbers stand out from a sea of other numbers as they are the multiplicative root of all other numbers. They are the beginning, yet there are an infinite number of them, they cannot be contained. Often, nature grows in primes.

Brief definition of the number pi

Pi by definition is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi is an infinite decimal, it has infinitely many numbers to the right of the decimal point. These numbers never repeat in a pattern. Pi is irrational meaning it cannot be written as a fraction. The first few digits of pi are 3.1415926535897....
Pi is a transcendental number. Transcendental number is not expressible as an integer or as the root or quotient of integers.

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