Phi     φ  , 100 - 4" diameter etched mirrors ©2013

Phi φ, 100 - 4" diameter etched mirrors ©2013

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Phi, also known as the Golden Ratio or The Divine Proportion, is a mathematical constant embedded in a variety of natural structures found in the world. The petals of a rose are one example of a plant that grows to this precise “golden” ratio (1/1.618…).  While each petal looks entirely unique the spacing of its growth pattern is always the mathematical ratio of Phi. Fractals are another example in which Phi is the ratio of division within each segment. In the growth patterns of both petals and fractals, if the ratio is slightly below Phi the pattern will not meet its potential for growth.  If the ratio is larger than Phi there will be overgrowth and the pattern or leaves will die out.  In this case Phi is considered a divine proportion because it lends itself to the greatest potential for growth and development.  

Phi reveals a quality in nature where something organic can appear virtually lawless yet contain a rigid mathematical order under the surface. Reflecting on the complexities and curiosities found within this phenomenon, I created a wall installation of 100 identical mirrors arranged in the numerical sequence of Phi.  The repetition and succession of the mirrors indicates rigid and predictable mathematical order. The drawing of people interacting signifies chance and casualness within relationships.  While the mirrors are fabricated to be completely uniform, they are nevertheless equally unique in that they reflect the environment specific to their placement on the wall. No mirror can occupy the same exact space in the same exact time, making it impossible for any mirror to ever be precisely identical to another.  This dichotomy of sameness and difference echoes questions rooted within the phenomena of Phi.