Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Proof Positive (well, sort of)

Eddington's Proof
10" diameter
embroidery floss on cotton

This was a submission for a juried show in San Francisco.  It wasn't chosen for the show but neither were over 90% of the 500+ other entries.  Besides it's all a matter of the juror's taste so you can't take it too personally.  They have to create a cohesive collection so pieces can be rejected for any of a hundred reasons from the media and size of a piece to the color scheme.  You can't take it personally or assume it's a reflection of the quality of your work.  Anywho, the theme was proof so to get started I decided to find a quote as inspiration.  "Proof is the idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself" - Arthur Eddington.  I knew immediately what I wanted to do with the piece when I read that.  The portrait is Rene Descartes surrounded by a variety of new and old mathematical machinery.  I love the look of vintage calculators so this was really fun to draw up and stitch.  I'm especially happy with the candles.  I stitched them freehand (I always sketch everything out but I couldn't find my fade pen so I just went for it).  It's always a little disappointing to not make a show but my husband is happy.  He gets more attached to them than I do and hates to see any of them leave our walls.

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