Onye Ndika

Fishers, Indiana, USA

As an artist, I enjoy pondering aspects of geometric complexity in nature as well as modern & industrial design. More than anything else, I love creating with glass beads. Most of my jewelry pieces are explorations and representations of platonic & Archimedean geometry, and experiments with hydrocarbon structures such as graphene. My heart’s desire is to integrate an analytical process with my creative intuition in order to manifest high-quality, sculptural art pieces that are functional, thought-provoking, inspirational and engaging. This is simply one of the many gifts God has given to me; I believe strongly that creating this art is my life’s purpose. I want to use my creative abilities to inspire others that wish to do the same.

Anemone II
5 x 5 x 5 cm
Machine-cut crystal beads; metal size 8 seed beads, glass seed beads: sizes 8-20; 6 lb monofilament

As with my 2019 submission (Anemone Ball), I've duplicated most of the hyper-layering of seed beads using netting, right-angle weave, peyote stitch, square stitch and triangle weave. At the thirty vertices of a beaded rhombic triacontahedron, I've created 4-sided protrusions. I've embellished the protrusions in a five-color array to illustrate chirality. "In chemistry, a molecule or ion is called chiral if it cannot be superposed on its mirror image by any combination of rotations and translations. The terms are derived from Ancient Greek χείρ, meaning "hand"; which is the canonical example of an object with this property." [Wikipedia]

When lines are drawn between each protrusion of the same color, an octahedron is formed.