Artist Annie Verhoeven has developed a very unusual technique to make her artwork, which she has termed “thread art.”
The foundations of this thread-art technique are found in the traditional craft of lace-making. But the finished products are far from traditional: by completely reinventing the old methods and letting go of some of the traditions, lace no longer functions as just a piece of two-dimensional fabric, but becomes art in an enormous variation of sizes, shapes and dimensions.
Mathematics are an integral part of these artworks. It is visible in the finished work; from the way different sections relate to one another to in the proportions of the thread and open space in the work.
“Touch-graph” visualizes a computer program used to show connections between people. The differently colored lines symbolize the different types of connections between people, such as contacts used to consult or, symbolized by another color, the contacts used for discussion. All these different connections are used in our life on every level, be it scientific, religious, political or otherwise, and can help us determine where we stand in the world.
Touch-graph, by Annie Verhoeven, 2012. Stainless steel, cotton, rubber, plexiglass.