David Bachman

Professor of Mathematics
Pitzer College
Claremont, CA

Most of the art I create begins with a form that I have come across, either in the physical or metaphysical world, that strikes me as having some inner beauty. I am particularly interested in forms that are governed by an underlying mathematical principle, but that are at the same time unique. I then create a mathematical model that captures the essence of this beauty, and use this model to guide the construction of a physical object. The construction process begins on a computer, where I blend scripted components with (virtually) hand-built elements, and typically ends with fabrication by a 3D printer.

Topologist's Cross
Topologist's Cross
22 x 22 x 13 cm
3D printed "sandstone" (gypsum powder + binder)

This piece was created from inter-weaving the faces of two copies of a mesh of a 4-times punctured torus.