Exhibit: The Golden Ratio

Currently on view in the Library Living Room (Room 101):

The Golden Ratio
An Analogical Study of Creation
Linda Hexter, ‘16

From the artist’s statement:

My portfolio consists of eleven pairs of silver gelatin prints. The photo on the left in each pair displays an appearance of the Golden Ratio in divine creation. This includes the environment, animals, and the human body. The picture on the right presents an appearance of the Golden Ratio in man’s creation. This includes logo design, artwork, musical instruments, etc. I argue that the Golden Ratio appears in all of creation, and all of creation can be described by applying the ratio in the following manner:
creation/(divine creation)=ϕ=(divine creation)/(human creation)
I believe that the artist’s goal is to recreate nature’s divine beauty. Man’s limitations will allow only imperfect representations of the Golden Ratio to exist in art and architecture. This is why there is so much debate over whether or not the Golden Ratio exists in things like the Parthenon and the Mona Lisa. Humans attempt to use God’s mathematical tool to imitate natural beauty and leave our own mark of beauty in this world. This thesis is my attempt to create art with and about the Golden Ratio in order to shed light on our innate search for divine structure and beauty.

“Look on earth and sky and sea…they have forms because they have numbers: take these away, they will be nothing. And even human artificers, makers of all corporeal forms, have numbers in their art to which they fit their works; and they move hands and tools in the fashioning till that which is formed outside, carried back to the light of numbers which is within, so far as may be attains perfection, and through the mediating sense pleases the inner judge looking upon the heavenly numbers.”
–St. Augustine of Hippo

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