29 Jan

Optical Illusions and Patterns

Lately in the studio I’ve been taking inspiration from a book on Optical Art that I came across at the library. There is a definite element of optical play in the patterns I create organically and I wanted to figure out how to explore this in more in depth, and with intention.

This is the first pattern piece I’ve created referencing optical art, and is based upon one of the designs in the book. I had to figure out how draw it, and translate it into a cut design so that it would hold together. This is hand-cut from black Canson Mi-Teintes paper, and the actual size is 15″ x 20″.

It’s a striking modern pattern, that feels almost too simple compared to some of the complex organic design I tend to create. I’m going to keep exploring this style and influence on art and see where it takes me.

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