Sunday, February 15, 2015

Skylar's Tiles

Upper left tile of a four-tile composition -- Tangles:
Florz, Shattuck, Sand Swirl, Tipple, Paradox, and Tripoli

Last summer, my son Skylar drew a string across four tiles, and I promised to fill it in and give him the finished work. Of course, days turned to weeks and then months, and the tiles rested patiently in a box waiting to come alive. I've had some time these last weeks to work on them little by little. When shown individually, tiles that belong to a larger composition are so much fun. I'm not sure I would ever draw a tile like this as a singleton. The small area of Sand Swirl in the upper right would not likely occur to me. The string that organizes the tangles on this tile would not occur to me, either. To have a whole tile filled in with Florz with other tangles pushed off to the side and bottom as after thoughts? It just wouldn't happen, and yet, I like the way it looks as an individual tile.

Upper right tile of four-tile composition -- Tangles:
Sand Swirl, Tripoli, Paradox, and Bunzo

This tile belongs to the right of the one above. The small patch of Sand Swirl in the first tile matches up with the bigger area of that pattern in this tile. Sand Swirl can become quite three-dimensional with a little shading, as shown here. All three of the major tangles shown here dense, but the movement within each one is different enough for them to work close together.

Lower left tile of a four-tile composition -- Tangles:
Hollibaugh, Betweed, Purk, Paradox, Tripoli

I really like Hollibaugh with big, fat pearls filling in the negative spaces. As a duo, these tangles do not create depth, but the shapes are pleasing. Purk is usually pretty just about anywhere, and the pearls of that pattern provide a nice visual correspondence to the pearls in the Hollibaugh. Paradox looks like thin swirls of yarns coiled up in the upper right corner. Tripoli, with its black circles backgrounding nodes of a network, has always appealed to me in the way that non-representational designs do because they must key in somehow with a felt sense of some kind.

Lower right tile of a four-tile composition -- Tangles:
Paradox, Crescent Moon, Tripoli, 'Nzepple, and Bunzo

This was the first tile I drew of the four. The Paradox looks a little like a tornado, or a tree. Tripoli is a fascinating tangle -- such a shape-shifter depending on how it is filled in and decorated.

Below, I have posted the four tiles together.