Dear Cleo 17 05 21

Dear Cleo

It was good to catch up with you yesterday, we had so much fun discussing the sheep and I Think I have an answer to the problem. Today I passed by a field with two rams, eighty ewes and eighty lambs, that is a whole lot of sheep, they were all standing on their legs so I was either in England or Austrailia, because I wasn’t upside down either.

I have been researching the work of Angela Eames, I first came across her as a drawing researcher in the book Writing on Drawing cross referencing on the internet I found that she uses the computer and drawing based software in her process.

I watched a bit of a series on the Khan Academy about Pixar and animated computer drawing, the ground breaking trend at the minute seems to be algorithms where somehow you can programme a computer so that it makes its own mind up about what it does next. We don’t need any of that here thanks its hard enough working with this one that I have been taming for several years and still am.

The technique of computer drawing practised by both Eames and Pixar involves nets and meshes which caused me to wonder what Yayoi Kusama knew, that others didn’t, with her Infinity Nets way back in the nineteen sixties. A prototype of this kind of computer drawing was done by Paolo Uccello back in the fifteenth century.

Eames’ drawings are not animated, but use the same technology as Pixar with the meshes to produce a sculptural form on the computer screen which can, of course, be printed out on paper and displayed as conventional artworks in a similar way as CAD architectural and engineering drawings.

I was lucky enough to attend an exhibition in Brentford by The London Group that included four of Eames works two were prints of the front and back of a piece of knitting that had been computer generated and two were the front and back of a piece of chain mail that had been computer generated, all four were about a meter square you can read Eames own descriptions of the pieces here.

One of Eames’ more famous quotes is that “a jumper is a drawing that you wear” because the wool is a line and it is sculpted into a piece of fabric.

Going back to our discussion of yesterday do you think a sheep is a woolly jumper or is a sheep a drawing where the dashes haven’t been joined up.

All my love