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36" x 36"

 

Back and Forth

Another motif that Escher often used in his tilings was a mixture of animal, bird,and fish shapes. With that as the starting idea I created this tiling of birds moving one way and fish moving the other. To make it more interesting I drew the painting on a piece of masonite cut into a perfect septagon, and overlaid the tiling with an interconnected septagonal pattern that breaks the entire painting into two separate planes. In one plane the fish are dominant and the birds recede, in the other plane the opposite occurs. This causes the viewers concept of foreground/background to keep switching as well. Everything keeps moving back and forth.

Acrylic on Masonite


Early Work