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2. July, 2010 / Idun

The Beginning of the End

After a very successful second semester, I am now embarking on the final part of the journey towards my MA degree; the highly anticipated Master Project!

In hindsight, I have noticed that what I have really been working with has been some of the basic geometric shapes; cones and pyramids. At first I thought how strange it is that I would end up with these shapes when my starting point was mostly “organic” and seemingly chaotic forms; inspired by the changes of nature. Nature, however, is far from chaotic, and the term “organic” in the context of form is highly “misused”. The natural world is full of system and numbers, and a very good example are the Fibonacci numbers. By definition, the first two Fibonacci numbers are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two, creating the sequence 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc. These numbers can be found in for example flower petals, and the branching of a tree, and the Fibonacci spirals can be found in pine cones, flower seeds, snail shells, and the flowering of artichoke, to name a few.

Using the basic geometric shapes in my work has made me think about cubism. Cubism (1907-1914) was one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. In cubism the subject matter is broken up, analysed, and reassembled in an abstract form. Cubism was highly influenced by African sculpture, by the painters Paul Cèzanne and Georges Seurat, and by Fauvism. The movement was initiated by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque after following the advice of Paul Cézanne, who in 1904 said that artist should treat nature in terms of the cylinder, the sphere, and the cone. This was exactly what characterised cubism; the reduction and fragmentation of nature and natural forms into abstract and often geometric structures.

I think it would be interesting to explore light and colour in form of geometrically shaped vessels, where the translucency and escape or containment of light is in the centre of focus. I am also considering working with wall decorations, and perhaps draw in the Fibonacci numbers as a link to my fascination of the natural world.


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