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Escher on EscherRibbons
Curved ribbons or strips are suited to suggest a three dimensionality
a spiraling ribbon, like an orange peel,portrays a fragmentary head of a woman.
It floats through space as a hollowsculpture.
The illusion of depth is accentuated bymeans of a cloud cover receding towardan invisible horizon.
Bond of Union
Here, two spirals, portraying a womans and amans head, are united in one endless strip.
With their foreheads even hooked to eachother, they form together an indissolublebond of union.
Spheres, floating in front, between, and behindthe folds of the empty heads, should suggestinfinite space and time.
Bond of Union 1956 Lithograph
Ribbons - afternote
Escher explained that the initial impetus camefrom H.G. Wells novel the Invisible Man.
the invisibility being rather inconvenient,he wants to get visible again and swathes hisface with a bandage
Sphere Spirals, 1958, Printed from 4 Blocks Woodcut, Grey, Black, Yellow, Pink
Quote on Sphere Spirals
a system of four theoretically never-ending ribbons, running over thesurface of a sphere, link up its twopoles. Both poles are visible, oneexternally and the other internally,through the open interspace betweenthe two ribbons
Math remark on Sphere Spirals
The Sphere is meant to be invertible.That is if it were turned over, it wouldshow the same path.
A spherical spiral is a curve a shipwould travel from the south pole to thenorth pole. Theoretically, the pathwould become infinite at the poles.
Sphere Surface with fish, 1958
Escher applied the sameMathematical curve tothis
A Moebius strip - is a one-sided pieceof paper
Escher considered the following two aspart of his ribbon themed work.
Moebius Strip I 1961
Wood Engraving and Woodcut
Red, green gold, black
Printed from 4 blocks.
folded three times and presented as if it were in cut in two parts with a pair of scissors over the whole length.
Moebius Strip II 1963
Woodcut in red, blackand grey-green
Printed from 3 blocks
red ants walking ina continuous file
I think I have never yet done any workwith the aim of symbolizing a particularidea, but the fact that a symbol issometimes discovered is remarkedupon is valuable for me because itmakes it easier to accept theinceplicable nature of my hobbies,which constantly preoccupy me.