Jennifer Bagheri - Junior, Graphic Design major

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Materials and Process

  • spread from The Tehran Post
  • spread from W Magazine
  • cut out photo-copies of hand painted wooden squares
  • diluted gouache
  1. I began by placing the W magazine spread upside down and on top of the Tehran Post spread, close to the right side.
  2. Moving the patterned squares in various patterns, I could see what seemed to work without having any extraneousness square pieces taking the attention away from the entirety of the pattern.
  3. Then I glued the square pieces starting with the corners of the magazine and newspaper spread and worked my way towards the center.
  4. Then I then watered down gouache to emphasize certain changes within the pattern, relationships among squares, and to add imperfections in the pattern.

Artist's Narrative

I was inspired by patterns in Islamic ceramic plates and Persian rug borders, as well as the square grid paintings of Jennifer Bartlett. I began this pattern thinking about the relationship of The Tehran Post and a magazine spread of a fashionable model. I was thinking about the juxtaposition of these two page layers and the idea of infinity being impressed upon it. I ended up almost covering both spreads entirely, but enjoyed the array of news material being combined together. I think the pattern works best when it is folded up like a newspaper, and then opened up at the reader's own pace. The pattern is more of an unconscious examination of Eastern and Western influences, and it was a curiosity of mine to see the way the different forms interact.

Teacher's Comment

Repeated elements of dots and lines create multiple patterns in squares and rectangles, which themselves are arranged to create patterns. Through the use of symmetry and symmetry-breaking, algorithms, and rotational symmetries, many variations are achieved. The list of materials suggests that this practicum is an exploration of the artist's identity. Click on the image to "Open the Book" to explore this idea further.

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