Math: Numbers and Equations
Sherron Dee Hill
This piece simply titled The Trinity uses perfect, geometric forms to represent the perfection of Deity. It is a great example of how simple forms can be used to introduce larger themes. The proportions of the work are exact, creating a feeling of harmony and balance.
Dennis Ray Phillips
Salt Lake City, Utah
acrylic on canvas
Denis Ray Phillips was interested in the performing arts, as well as the visual. His experience in music is shown through the harmony of pattern and color throughout this piece. The primary colors are broken up in the center by a bold, dark line, and the squares on the right and left sides are not perfectly symmetrical. The proportions of the piece are yet still cohesive and exact, giving a feeling of strength and unity to the work.
- Art and math are related in many ways. Art uses proportions, perspective, geometry, the golden ratio, and symmetry to name a few. How has math been used in the artworks shown here?
- How many colors do you see in the painting by Phillips? How many rectangles? How many parts extend in the sculpture by Hill? If you trace around the entire sculpture how many edges are there? What do you think each of these works represent?
- The artwork by Phillips is similar to work created by Artist Piet Mondrian. Create your own version of this work by making your own grid and blocks of color. Think about symmetry and geometry as you create your work.