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Two Mathematicians

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Two Mathematicians #88

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This project explores the highly mathematical world of Islamic geometric patterns.

Islamic design is one of the world's great artistic traditions, but not much is known about the methods used by artisans in centuries past to construct them. One of the first attempts to formalize the geometry behind Islamic patterns was E.H. Hankin's seminal 1908 paper "Polygons in Contact", which remains a key technique today. Our project combines the approach described by Hankin with transformations of designs found at real-world historical sites.

Two Mathematicians avoids traditional ornamentation and colouring. It seeks to find beauty in the geometry of the patterns themselves, embellishing only with subtle combinations of basic line and dot shapes. Its two archetypes contrast the precision and order found in Islamic patterns with the informality of a rough draft. In that, it reflects the personalities of its creators, alternating between the obsessive need for order and exactness, and the embrace of just winging it.

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My practice focuses on the exploration of socio-political issues, examined specifically from a feminist and an autobiographical point of view. Driven by my experience as an immigrant, I explore the differing attitudes towards gender, class, and labour in the East and the West. My varied practice spans painting, sculpture, installation, video, and textiles. I allow the intention of the artwork to determine the medium I choose. Since 2020, I am exploring digital art and the potential of blockchain and smart contracts.

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Feb 8, 2022, 5:00 PM UTC

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