Susan Happersett

Jersey City, NJ
My fascination with mathematics and my love of visual arts has led me on a journey to build a link between mathematics and drawing. It has become my mission to express the intrinsic aesthetic value of Mathematics in a purely visual language. I use a number of graphing and geometric plotting techniques to examine the aesthetic characteristics of functions, sequences and series in a visual language. My drawings are an intense accumulation of lines and mark making resulting from my predisposition to counting. Through the years my drawing has become a type of meditation.
Box of Chaos
4 pieces - each 7" x 7". Standing, lined up: 21" x 7" x 4"
Letter press on paper
In my Chaos Theory-inspired drawings, I illustrate the order and pattern within the seemingly chaotic mass of lines. I spent many months making a stop motion video of the creation of a Chaos drawing. I would have to step away from the drawing after every line. This pause in drawing made me look at the work in progress and at numerous times I realized that the drawing was visually interesting through out its creation. So I decided to make a book where you could see the drawing at different stages.I created a series of hand drawn books, but my most recent Chaos project is a Letter pressed edition Box of Chaos published by Purgatory Pie Press in NYC. Box of Chaos consists of four folded paper structures illustrated 8 phases of chaos .
Fibonacci Circles
Closed: 11" x 9" x 1". Opened: 11" x 22" x 8".
Ink on paper
One of a kind hand drawn artist's book . This series of drawings investigates the visual qualities of intersecting circles whose area measurements are in proportions related to the Fibonacci Sequence. This experiment is a different way to look at the ratios of consecutive Fibonacci numbers. These drawings combine circle curves of different scales.
Red Black Happersett Accordion
5" x 11" x 5"
Ink on paper
This accordion Moebius strip has a unique feature of alternating colored drawings on each panel. This creates the visual effect of appearing to be all in a single color if looked at from certain angles. Although a Moebius strip only has one side, this accordion has two distinct faces. The marking drawings on each panel are based on the Fibonacci Sequence.