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Porter's Birdness with Phyllotaxis  
Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 07:40 AM - General
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My painting, Birdness with Phyllotaxis, is about science, the mystery of the physical universe and hope. The main image in the painting is an image of the fossil of the first bird, Archaeopteryx. The word "birdness" in the painting's title is a nod to Plato's forms and considers the question, "What does it mean to be a bird?" How does anyone or anything become the first of it's kind? One must delve into an infinite regress of the past to find the answer; hence, the mystery.

The diagram of white strokes on the red field is another nod to Plato and the mathematical underpinnings of the universe. With only 21 strokes (8 in one direction and 13 in the other), an image of "Flower" is born. These two numbers are members of the Fibonacci sequence, and forms throughout nature are based on this sequence.

In an emotional reading of the painting, the fossil can be read as death; however, this fossil is simultaneously in the ground and resurrected in the clouds of the painting. The hummingbirds also undergo transformation in the image, from an outline to a complete bird body. We transform our reality every moment with the daring to dream.

Sally Porter
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