Douglas Easterly

Associate Professor of Design
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand
References for my artworks are quite ancient; it was through my admiration of Islamic tile design that not only induced journeys to Morocco, Turkey and Andalusia some 20 years ago, but also nurtured an early enthusiasm to investigate the possible incorporation of mathematics into my studio practice. Today I use custom software I’ve developed at Victoria University of Wellington called CatsEye. After working out my patterns in this application, I incorporate all manner of digital and analog techniques, from Photoshop, to oil painting and digital printing.
LÉGER DE MAIN
67 x 76 cm
Digital Print
2014
Using custom software, CatsEye, I established a pattern that balances abstraction and figurative imagery. The pattern is using a P6M tessellation structure. To reduce the rigidity of this process, the pattern was then painted by hand before being scanned back into the computer. The subject matter of a figure making a playful shadow puppet gesture pays homage to the liminal spaces where art, mathematics and magic meet.
Adamantine Chains
81 x 30 cm
Digital Print
2014
Using my software CatsEye, I established a pattern that balances abstraction and figurative imagery. The pattern is using a P6M tessellation structure. To reduce the rigidity of this process, the pattern was then painted by hand before being scanned back into the computer. The subject matter of the figure using a cell phone is meant to cast this current quotidian practice in comparison to ancient rites and ritual.