This was my first piece of the semester. Our assignment was to make a piece dealing with time because Ken had us read Einstein's Dreams which was really lovely and I highly recommend. Anyway, because of the structure of the book, which briefly described many many different universes with different perceptions of time, or rather with a time continuum that flowed in a way different from ours I had this idea of universes or ovals or circles or spheres and from that came the Moebius Strip which is a mathematical phenomenon. The Moebius strip has many curious properties but basically if an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed every part of the strip without ever crossing an edge. Because of these properties the Moebius strip has been used probably since ancient times as a symbol of infinity, which is why I chose it.
The design that's drawn and cut out of the strip is this greek meander, which I drew from this postcard that I bought in Ravenna. The meander is from the mausoleum of Galla Placidia and is even more enchanting when you can see it shimmering along the whole edge of the inside arches. I really fell in love with the patterning in the mausoleum of Galla Placidia and San Vitale and on top of that the meander as the pattern that endlessly constructs itself in a ribbon of pattern without having separate elements was perfect for the Moebius Strip concept.
I finally got around to documenting it today and I rather like the photos I came out with. I wasn't ever originally planning on having one of the final products be photographs, but during my critque I was wearing this sweater and I really loved how they looked together and how everyone's first reaction in the class was to stick their head through it! So I think the final products are both the sculpture and these photographs. I have quite a few though, which is/are you favorites? I'm going to need to pick one to be the main image for portfolios and my website and such, let me know what you think!