Thread-Art Verhoeven

Artist Annie Verhoeven
Sint Anthonis, The Netherlands

When threads form the primary materials of an art form, as is the case with all my works, math becomes an indispensable part of the creative process but also plays an important role in the overall ascetics of the finished work. All my art strives to uses mathematical principles to achieve ecstatically pleasing constructions, making humble threads into often freestanding three-dimensional objects that interact with the environment they are placed in. This can be seen for instance in the calculation of the relations between open spaces and the thickness of the used threads, which not only serve to be pleasing to the eye, but also to make sure the work remains structurally sound.

7 x 21 x 14 cm
paper thread, glue

This piece is constructed from the mathematical figure of the triangle. It consists of ten right-angled triangles and four scalene triangles, all linked together to form a single shape. By using an irregular surface and reshaping a basic mathematical figure, a new abstract artwork arises in which the calculations and mathematical principles may not be apparent at first sight, but from the indispensable underpinning of the entire art piece. In this case, the used shape is the triangle. By using this form and fashioning it out of the lines of the threads, flat surfaces are reshaped to for a three-dimensional artwork.