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© Estate of Billie Ruth Sudduth
A red basket. Red died splits form a zig zag pattern, created using Fibonacci sequence numbers.
Blending the historical with the contemporary, North Carolinian and self-taught basket maker Sudduth is inspired by Shaker, Appalachian, and Cherokee basketry, but here she weaves in the mathematical pattern of a Fibonacci sequence. A Fibonacci sequence can begin with any two numbers, but the third term and every subsequent term in the sequence is always the sum of the previous two terms (for example, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…). In every Fibonacci sequence, the ratio of each number in the sequence to the previous number moves toward a value of 1.618, known as the golden ratio. Often found organically occurring in nature, shapes defined by the golden ratio are considered aesthetically pleasing in art and design and reflect a balance between symmetry and asymmetry, as demonstrated in Fibonacci 8.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue entry
Written by: Lola Clairmont
- A Tisket A Tasket: Appalachian, Cherokee and Low Country Baskets , 7/16/2011 - 1/8/2012
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