Reza Sarhangi

Department of Mathematics, Towson University
Towson, Maryland, USA

I am interested in Persian geometric art and its historical methods of construction, which I explore using the computer software Geometer's Sketchpad. I then create digital artworks from these geometric constructions primarily using the computer software PaintShopPro.

DahPar I
16" X 20"
Digital Print

DahPar I (September 2011) is an artwork based on a design in the class of Decagram Interlocking Star Polygons. The common element for the course of study in this class is a special ten pointed star polygon. This special concave polygon, which is called a decagram for convenience, is the dominant geometric shape of a series of polyhedral tessellations that all consist of the same common motifs. The decagram can be created through the rotation of two concentric congruent regular pentagons with a radial distance of 36° from each others’ central angles. However, to create a decagram-based interlocking pattern, a craftsman-mathematician needs to take careful steps to locate a fundamental region. The rectangular-shaped fundamental regions, which are constructed using radial grids, have different proportions for their dimensions.