With the Entangled Numbers series, three concepts motivated me. First, I wanted to highlight the aesthetic shape of the numbers in and of themselves in a more engaging way than only juxtaposing them side by side to accentuate their relationship to one another. Second, I wanted to create a three-dimensional landscape which would allow for more intricate relationships between the “geometry” of numbers. Lastly, I wanted find a metaphor for the quantum mechanical concept of entanglement using art rather than equations. When a pair of quantum particles are created their states are inextricably connected: change one and the other “senses” it. Entangling numbers in three-dimensions is my way of nodding to the nature of this bizarre quantum phenomenon.
In the first construction below, I overlay one of my traditional number paintings with stiffened paper with only the negative space between numbers retained. In all but the last painting, I have layered and intertwined multiple sheets of stiffened papers on a canvas. Each sheet contains either the jumbled negative geometry between numbers or only the jumble of numbers themselves. In the final construction, I whimsically depict the creation of particles and their pathways from an underlying cauldron of numbers, which along with equations are used by physicists as the primal means for describing reality. In this construction, the canvas also is layered with financial pages from the New York Times.