200808072008, digital image and limited edition of 20 archival pigment prints
Copyright S.Monnier 2008
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September 19th 2009
The works of Lilly Kelly Napangardi, an indigenous australian artist, displays very interesting emergent patterns. For instance here:
A pattern is emergent when it appears from variations in another pattern, a dot pattern in the image above. I have a few works exploring this idea, the best being probably 20080722.
This work displays a Truchet pattern made of two types of tiles. However the tiles are not chosen randomly, but rather according to a larger identical Truchet pattern. It is also possible to choose the tiles according to a certain shape, for instance a folium in 20080809. The latter appears in a very interesting ghostly way, mysteriously reminiscent of autostereograms...
Each time one is dealing with a pattern that requires local choices (like the choice of a type of tile for each tile of the Truchet pattern), it is possible to make these choices according to another larger pattern. The latter will then appear in the image as an emergent pattern.