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Progressions by Erica Mapp
Leonardo of Pisa, a.k.a. Leonardo Fibonacci, codified the progression of growth spirals found in nature. In its most simple arithmetical application, the Fibonacci sequence is given as 1:1:2:3:5:8:13, etc. In the series, the next number is the sum of the two previous numbers. For example, two plus three is five, and three plus five is eight.
I have used the numbers two, three, five and eight to construct a vertical and horizontal grid which I use as a framework for drawing shapes. The shapes that I produce are mainly squares and rectangles. Overlapping squares and rectangles generate more complicated shapes. This is the basis of all my books. The value of using this method is that I can reproduce some of the harmony of nature in my art, while sticking to geometric abstraction.
Erica Mapp grew up in Trinidad in the town of Arima. She attended school on the island and later immigrated to New York City where she studied art. Mapp's style is abstract and geometric, and it is inspired by nature. Her recent work has also been influenced by her Christian heritage. In addition to being an artist, Mapp is a poet and has taught art and writing in the New York metropolitan area for many years.
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