A Critical report on The Lilly
When I started evaluating what I wanted my artifact to convey, I decided that I wanted to make reference to my past artistry. I concluded that I wanted my piece to pause reference between mathematics and nature, a topic I have always been interested in. The most obvious natural form to me was that of a plant or flower, due to the nature of my employment, being textile design. Many a flower or plant has been studied by myself in an objective capacity to portray a likeness of the form in a pattern for textile print.
The linear structure through the piece is obviously out of choice, to lend to the untouchable quality of the Lilly. It also aids the frustration of being dictated to and reinforces the boundaries of the piece.
The interlacing of maths with the piece is specific to Plantology and the graph relates to the total dry weight found within plants. The repetitive mapping to the sell structure of plants and the rolling numbers relate to the volume of gas saturated with water vapour.
This abstract interlacing of maths with the stark realism of the lilly makes us question the two components relationship. But these components do not demand this of us in order to appreciate their form. This technique is comparable to the Symbolism movement of the late 1800's.
The Lilly is taken as read but when evaluated in her domain is anything but. Her presence and preservation is only due to the CAD forum in which she sits, digitally perfect every time. Every time it is a perfect repeating Lilly; never going to die or wilt. Except to her few limitations of movement, this almost makes us uncomfortable with her survival her serenity and completeness. Frustrating that we can not destroy her, I have extended this aloof quality into the exclusion of printing any of the frames.
Her life like construction relates to older movements, right back in fact to the Renaissance Movement and the 1970's Superalism and trompe-l'oiel - an illusion of reality. We know that every thing we see in a CAD domain is that of an illusion, it is a representation of form and can only ever be that. Virtual reality and gaming technology makes us all well versed to motion graphics in the western world, but when we come across the Lilly who dares to simply stand in front of us and dictate in a certain capacity her movement we are faced with disconcertion due to her limitations. Is the multi-faceted technological revolution that we consume in video, television and web denying us of our sense to simply observe? Artistic representation in CAD and of the Web is usually to the abstract and mythical, rarely does one come across a mere quota of reality.
The Lilly will survive and always will true to her meaning of eternity in a way that a past loved one, whose death she also marks, can never.