Identity Sequence e 4

A large grid made from very small components is how I visualized the articulation of this sequence of e. 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.

As I made decisions about the individual units for this grid, while considering dimensions, crochet pattern, and the type of form, I also kept in mind the negative spaces and shadows that these decisions would create. Cast shadow and negative space become a component.

I was thinking about: identity codes, internal patterns that code the individual, DNA, external codes, population, individuals and masses. I wanted to use a 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.

This work is based on digits from the number e. It is constructed from 323 small units, 17 rows by 19 columns, to look like an enlarged section of a microscopic organic blueprint. 17 and 19 are prime numbers. The four molecule sequence of human DNA determined the use of four alternating colors which serve as the space between each flesh toned digit. The small units are joined together to form 9 sections, 3 rows by 3 columns. Can also be displayed as 3 horizontal sections, each 117" wide by approximately 40" tall, to accommodate low ceilings.

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 e

e is a real number constant that appears in certain kinds of mathematics problems. Examples of such problems are those involving growth or decay, the statistical “bell curve”, the shape of a hanging cable, some problems of probability, some counting problems, the study of the distribution of prime numbers, and often shows up in calculus. Its value is approximately 2.718281828459045… and has been calculated to 869,894,101 decimal places. e is also the base of natural logarithms. e is a transcendental number. Transcendental number is not expressible as an integer or as the root or quotient of integers.

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