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7.500 x 9.500 x 0.050 inches
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Drawing - Ink On Paper
Hand-drawn with 005 tip felt pens on hot - pressed drawing paper. Roughly 7.5 by 9.5 inches, 2011
Abstracted tree drawing using negative space to subtly define branches and to create a pattern in the leaves. The leaf shape was selected because it's a shape that can tile or "tesselate" to fill the plane.
Tesselation ins a common idea in many of Escher's drawings, which we used as exercises in crystallography classes. I usually think of tesselation and space filing tiling in terms of the short-range order of quasi-crystals and other partially ordered matter.
Here a more flexible tiling rule is used to create the illusion of negative space leaves among the dotted leaf shapes. The blank negative space leaves and shaded shapes work together to create a sense of dappled shadow, while color and size gradations are used to create depth and indicate light. The stippling of the leaves softens their definition, helping them to work as masses of pattern.
The soft optical illusion caused by "negative leaves" among the positive leaves also creates a feeling of movement.
May 20th, 2011
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