A beginner’s guide to constructing the universe-The mathematical archetypes of nature, art and science, states: “In ancient Greece the advanced students ... who were engaged in deep studies of natural science and self-understanding where called mathematekoi, “those who studied all”. The word mathema signified “learning in general, to be aware, to awaken”.
If there is such a thing as mathematekoi ( a curious one) using clay as a medium...I am one.
I will start in 2012 with making of Gateway 21
How do you start working on a new
project? Does it follow as an extension of the previous one like a variation on
a theme, or is it a new beginning? A bit of both?
As soon as work for the Stations of
the Cross was finished I had to refocus and start considering work for 30th
Sculpture Survey at Gomboc Gallery. Outdoor work in public space. How do I
create clay work that is large and sturdy enough to stand in the environment, meaningful
and engaging - in very little time left after the full timetable of teaching?
Timelines and deadlines are words my students hear often when planning
exhibition work. We clayworkers know that some processes like drying and firing
can’t be hurried and take days and weeks...and results are not always what we
When I start thinking about new
project (I call it germination stage) I flood my mind with images and ideas from
all sources. I am in alert and aware state of mind and open to visual stimuli.
Everything becomes potential source of inspiration.
I was thinking of creating a work which
emerges from the ground, when I stumbled upon a small book of patterns called Kaleidometrics by Sheilah Shaw.
This particular image caught my
interest as it reminded me of pinecones:
and it soon become this:
Yes!! Fractals!! ( and Fibonacci numbers)
As I started measuring and enlarging the squares to figure out how big to make them I soon noticed the rule:
diagonal measurement of each square = side of next square.
Then I had to work out the sizes of triangles that would form each "pyramid".
Here are measurements of all bases and 2 largest "pyramids":
This is interesting, Look at those babies I saw in the pond in Saigon, Vietnam recently ( 4 month after Vortex was completed and exhibited). Looks like I'm stealing ideas from mother nature again: