Squaring the circle
20 Jan 2012
Squaring the Circle. Balance and ideals.
Squaring the Circle is a geometry problem and a spiritual puzzle. It dates back at least 4,000 years. All of the great cultures that expressed advanced mathematics and philosophy approached this problem and had a mythology to give it meaning. On one hand, it is a practical, geometric exercise exploring approximations of PI and Phi. On the other hand, it is a philosophical puzzle to combine opposites and find the perfect balance. Can a human find their way through the maze of different extremes that we encounter in our mortal experience? We must navigate between light and darkness, health and sickness, pleasure and pain, life and death, good and evil. The greatest minds in history have expressed pleasure and enlightenment from this geometry exercise. A famous Greek philosopher included a statement in his work "On Exile" referring to one of his fellow countrymen who worked the squaring problem:
"There is no place that can take away the happiness of a man, nor yet his virtue or wisdom. Anaxagoras, indeed, wrote on the squaring of the circle while in prison."
This is my personal solution to this ancient problem.
I seeked the mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually balance between woman and man, the man being represented by square and woman by the circle. Compositionally making the transition from the triangle to circle.