Irene Rousseau

Artist, MFA,Ph.D.
International Art Museums

My story began decades ago. It is about my passion to understand structures and patterns found in the seen and invisible world. The insights I have gained underlie the conceptual framework for the body of my work. As an artist, I aim to bridge the disciplines of art and mathematics and metaphorically represent the concepts to create the art.

"Towards Infinite Smallness"-3
47 x 47 x 8 cm
Venetian glass on wood, hand cut by artist.
2016

The mosaic wall sculpture "Towards Infinite Smallness" consists of tessellated (tightly fitted together) patterns and each sculpture is a 3D disc with 18.5" diameter. The hyperbolic sculpture is composed of planes, each suggests negative curvature and represents the concept of infinite smallness contained within the bounding edge. Hyperbolic geometry can be represented as the points in a circular disc with hyperbolic distance defined. A hyperbolic plane has infinite structures within boundaries.In my hyperbolic sculpture repeating patterns which decrease in size at the bounding edge metaphorically represent infinity. Symmetry is a transformation that preserves the distance as shown on the surface tiling patterns of the sculpture.

"Towards Infinite Smallness"-2
47 x 47 x 8 cm
Venetian glass on wood hand cut by artist.
2016

The mosaic wall sculpture "Towards Infinite Smallness" consists of tessellated (tightly fitted together) patterns and each sculpture is a 3D disc with 18.5" diameter. The hyperbolic sculpture is composed of planes, each suggests negative curvature and represents the concept of infinite smallness contained within the bounding edge. Hyperbolic geometry can be represented as the points in a circular disc with hyperbolic distance defined. A hyperbolic plane has infinite structures within boundaries.In my hyperbolic sculpture repeating patterns which decrease in size at the bounding edge metaphorically represent infinity. Symmetry is a transformation that preserves the distance as shown on the surface tiling patterns of the sculpture.