Pi Line

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.

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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