My newest artwork entitled Encrypted Block Cloudscape is the first woven painting of a new series: Weaving Algorithms. In this series, I started exploring algorithms through woven painting patterns. In general, an algorithm can be simplified and understood as a set of instructions. It is very comparable to the strict directions one has to follow while weaving patterns in fabrics.
In this particular painting, I wanted to visualize an encryption algorithm. If you are not familiar with cryptography, look at it this way: encryption is a process of hiding the information and making it only accessible to authorized parties. For everybody else, the initial information remains unattainable.
Making-of Encrypted Block Cloudscape
In the first step, I painted clouds on a large sheet of paper with acrylic paints and added large geometric structures to the foreground. The painting as a whole existed for only a few hours, and I deliberately didn’t photograph it.
Instead, I cut up the artwork into six pieces and cut these pieces subsequently into thin and short strips. Based on a simple ruleset, I started reassembling and stapling the short pieces along with coloured paper bands into long paper stripes. Following a second ruleset, I weaved them into the final state. In the last step, I mounted the artwork onto dark blue cardboard.
The conceptual idea behind this piece is to visualize the encryption as a process. The algorithm selected, manipulated and scattered the pieces of initial painting towards its final assembly. Therefore, even though you might have a vague idea of the original painting (information), you won’t be able to retrieve it without the applied rulesets (algorithms) with which I created the artwork.
Sutton Spring Art Prize
I exhibited my Encrypted Block Cloudscape for the first time during the Sutton Arts Prize Spring 2019 at the Arts Sutton Art Center in April 2019. Below you will find a few photos from the vernissage.