August 10, 2010
Squaring the Circle, No. 11
carbon, cinnabar, cuttlefish ink on paper
48 x 32 inches
collaboration with Timothy C. Ely
One day, I tied several brushes together and made giant ensos until the entire floor of my studio was completely covered in paper. I was exuberant; the ground was littered with percolations of the void. I called Tim, but then I realized that all I could tell him was that I had tied brushes together and had made a bunch of marks. After these marks dried, I selected about ten of my favorite ensos and sent them to him—one was not enough. Then, it was Tim's turn to be exuberant. We worked back and forth. When we were finished, we found that several of them were visual manifestations of the classic mathematical question of squaring the circle (this is a question of producing a square and a circle that have either the same area or the same circumference using only a protractor and straightedge).