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 Line, 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
works.
Pi Line is a direct articulation of the first 11 digits of the
number pi. 11 is a prime number. I made 80 to 90 color samples in
order to find the colors for Pi Grid and Pi Strands. Colors in Pi
Line came from color relationships that happened on the studio work
table while playing around to solve the Grid and Strands colors.
Each number value is assigned its own color. It is not exact, but
generally, the values are inverted, that is, value 1 is the darkest
color and value 9 is one of the lighter colors. Number values also
created the size of each individual unit. Value one is a base circle
with 1 row of single crochet and value 9 is the base circle and
9 rows of single crochet. I associate strands with microscopic forms
found inside bodies or unique organisms found in nature. This expression
of a strand was originally intended to be a horizontal but here
is hung vertically.
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.
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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