ANISOTROPY

Long before our downstream visual centers start weaving together basic shapes to create the beginnings of a visual tapestry, our brain identifies simple forms like vertical, horizontal, and diagonal edges of contrasting intensities, or lines. The content of visual information — for example, the density and direction of the lines — determines how much of our attention a visual stimulus grabs.

Practically speaking, paper is a two dimensional network of fibers. The orientation distribution of these fibers controls the mechanical properties of a sheet. Hence, when submitted to a uniaxial force, the direction of the force will determine the path of the tear, and different types of paper will exhibit different rupture patterns.

Such anisotropic behavior seen through fragility, lines, light and shadows, as well as personal tenacity reflected in seemingly endless repetition, are both embodied in this work. By combining and repositioning large numbers of hand-torn paper fragments of different origin, physical properties and width, I create new vibrant and rhythmic structures, which change depending on the viewing angle.

Anisotropy researches the human perception of light, matter, tangibility, and pattern induced dynamics.