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 Strands, 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 Strands is a direct articulation of the first 52
digits of the number pi. Each tube is 5” in diameter and 7”
deep. Each number value was assigned its own color. Colors were
inspired by bacteria. The individual units within each vertical
strand are connected to create a solid unit. There are 7 vertical
strands. 7 is a prime number. I like that this form speaks to biology
and architecture at the same time. I associate strands with microscopic
forms found inside bodies or unique organisms found in nature.
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 each of the 7 strands
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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