Old Friends with Good Memories
It is nice to hear from old friends. Arto Papasian is one of my oldest and best friends; we’ve known each other since nursery school. So it was very nice the other day when he sent me an e-mail from Hamburg, Germany, where he lives now, to tell me he follows my Facebook page and that he knew my paintings of Pi and related subjects. His memory is better than mine. He asked me, “Do you remember when our math teacher in the 8th grade, Mr. Matalon, would write this sentence, “Que j’aime a faire apprendre un nombre utile aux sages,” on the blackboard to teach us the first eleven numbers of Pi?” I did not and still don’t, but I’ll take his word for it. This phrase roughly translates to “I like to teach a useful number to the wise.”
This reminder inspired my new paintings that feature the first eleven numbers of Pi: 3.1415926535. In Opus 147, Que J’aime…, these first eleven numbers of Pi have been used in their corresponding colors (from the visual color spectrum) as the background for this mnemonic.
In Opus 154, Pi 11, I used the first eleven numbers with their colors as non-uniform areas. For instance, “1” (in red) is one unit. All the other areas, although different shapes, are a multiple of the red. The nine in the brown area is 9 times larger than 1.
My New (and First) Website
I’m excited to launch my new website.
My portfolio now includes nearly 100 paintings, sculptures and wall installations. I’ve shared many of these works on Facebook (thanks to all my followers), but I didn’t have one place for you to see all of my work.
The most exciting aspect for me is having my entire portfolio in one easily accessible location for people to view at any time. The portfolio is organized into nine series:
- East Meets West
- Geometric Series
- Number & Letter Synesthesia
- Pi Synesthesia
- Pipe Dreams
If you’re interested in what inspired each series, the website includes descriptions of each series. You can see it by clicking “click for series description” on the series page.
After you click, the description will open below.
The series have up to 15 individual works. And I’m constantly creating and adding more.
Home for Pi Synesthesia
My biggest artistic passion is Pi Synesthesia, a unique concept I created that combines the digits from the mathematical constant Pi and number synesthesia where numbers are represented as colors and/or shapes.
I’ve been working on this concept since I jumped into art following my health scares several years ago.
My largest work so far is “Pi 83”, which is in the conference room at OZ Arts Nashville. This work is 15 feet wide and more than 4 feet tall. The segments of this piece reflect Pi (3.1415926…) in two ways. The segment lengths correspond to the digits. The segments are also color coded to the digits.
To date, I have more than 15 works in the Pi Synesthesia series.
The website gives me the perfect vehicle to share the Pi Synesthesia works and my love of combining art with math.
I’m especially pleased that my work has inspired elements of the website design.
First is my distinct signature that serves as the website logo. I even have a piece featuring multiple versions of my signature.
Similarly, Pi Synesthesia inspired the menu design. The menu is inspired by the first five digits of Pi, 3–1–4–1–5, and number synesthesia where numbers are represented as colors.
Overall, I am excited that the website reflects the vibrancy and spirit of the works that I create.
I would love to hear your comments about the website or my portfolio.