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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.

Rome de LIsle_plate 1

Rome de LIsle_plate 3a

Rome de LIsle_plate 4b

(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.


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