Harrie Welles

My whole life I 'm fascinated by the design of (symmetrical) strip patterns. Strip patterns are mainly known from decorations on Greek pottery. But they are also abundantly present in the decoration art of ancient Egypt. A special place in my heart however have the strip patterns made by the Kuna Indians.
I design my strip patterns with the aid of a system of deflection lines. By mutually varying the lengths within such a system, diversity within equality can be realized. The beauty in shape and color that can be realized in this way, surprises me over and again.
Through the years I became more and more interested in bringing some focus and meaning within my geometrical strip patterns.
4 trapezoidal encapsulations
60 x 60 cm
inktjet print
The beauty of symmetry is showcased in these four strip patterns.The Kuna Indians in Panama are masters in the design of such strip patterns (mola's), working in different symmetry types. The shapes used by them are deeply rooted in their cultural heritage.
My shapes arise from a system of deflection lines with mutually variable lengths, that fits within the regime of the chosen symmetry. Diversity within equality can be realized then in a controlled way. In this piece of art each of the four patterns shows a different way to encapsulate basic trapezoids in strip circuits.The circuits have a different degree of rotation symmetry. The four different patterns form a harmonic whole, which adds to the beauty of them all.
geometric animism
60 x 90 cm
inktjet print
Symmetrical patterns always are a little boring. Lack of focus blocks the assignment of 'meaning'. By coloring a symmetrical pattern in an a-symmetrical way, certain exemplars of the shape come to the forefront while others become background element. The shapes in the foreground can acquire characteristics (expressions) of human beings or evoke association with events or objects which have meaning in human life. In every pattern enclosed in the art work another shape is used. In all patterns the challenge was to trigger the assignment of 'meaning' by the way of coloring, enhanced by the name given to the pattern. Meanwhile the coloring needed to showcase the beauty of the geometrical shape and the symmetry in which its was arranged.