I have been interested in using symmetry to suggest pairs of languages (like English and Japanese) that seem to have opposite word order in many phrases. I began thinking of crystalline formations as a possible visual model while reading how in the mid-19th c. Louis Pasteur discovered evidence that crystals of a certain molecule come in two asymmetrical mirror image forms.
As the visual model for my “Into the Fold” prints, as well as four other related prints I made at MI-LAB this summer, I looked as illustrations in a late 18th c. French book that theorized about all possible crystalline shapes.
(from Jean-Baptiste Romé de l’Isle, Cristallographie, Paris: Chez Didot Jeune, 1783)
Adapting several of these geometrical models of possible crystalline shapes, I created mirror images with an implied fold in the print as the axis of reflection.