About the work
Method & Medium
A portrait of model Ola based on a photo by Jerzy Górecki (https://pixabay.com/users/jerzygorecki-2233926/)
Using a custom developed computer program, a pattern is generated which describes how a single strand of exceptionally fine, high quality thread is to be wound between 500 pins. The unbroken Black thread appears to bounce from pin to pin like rays of light. This inspired the name raythreading as a nod to raytracing, another form of computer art.
The path followed by the thread is finely optimised to draw the shadows and outline of the final image. However equally important is the absence of thread from parts of the image where the white canvas shows through, creating the highlights in the image. To find the perfect compromise a computer algorithm explores millions of possibilities in the search for the most faithful and accurate reproduction of the source image.
The final work of art is entirely handmade, with the pattern of over 4000 steps followed exactly, using a total 3.5km of thread.
Limited edition of 4. Each artwork is handmade with a different pattern which is erased after the work is completed. It is mathematically impossible that same pattern can ever be reproduced guaranteeing the piece is entirely unique.