A large grid made from very small components is how I visualized
the articulation of sequences from the number pi. The plan is to
create a system; to define a specific method for directly articulating
the digits; define colors and a sequence for the colors; chose a
number sequence; and follow the plan to create the work. Small works,
such as Pi Grid, were created to accommodate small walls and also
are studies, studies of forms and systems that are not currently
in my studio vocabulary, and possibly templates for future large
Pi Grid is a direct articulation of the first 49 digits of the
infinite number pi. It has 7 rows of 7 columns.
7 is a prime number. Each circle is approx. 5” in diameter.
Here, each number value was assigned its own color. Blues are odd
numbers, reds are even. Values 8 and 9 are the darkest. Lower values
are diluted in color. 1 is clear. Zero is omitted. I like using
the type of red and blue represented by the darkest values. They,
to me, symbolize the European Middles Ages because they are frequently
the dominant colors in clothing illustrated in period painting,
illustrations, and tapestries.
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
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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