The Power of Imperfection

Circle gets the square ©2016 WTEK
Circle gets the square ©2016 WTEK

In school we’re taught geometry – circles, squares, triangles. They are precise, perfect, you can use math to make them (technically I guess you can use math to make any shape…) But they can be so sterile! (except triangles, they are so varied and pointy I can’t help but love them.) And it can be hard to create perfection. When something is so simple every imperfection shows.

Dolmen Pendant - definitely not regular ovals! ©2012 WTEK
Dolmen Pendant – definitely not regular ovals! ©2012 WTEK

Give me instead organic, slightly wonky forms. Rounded triangles, ovals, egg shapes, unidentifiable shapes. Keep it balanced, but teetering on the edge. While I may have had problems with somethings at the Olympics, I did

What if these had been precise triangles and rectangles? Boring! ©2016 WTEK
What if these had been precise triangles and rectangles? Boring! ©2016 WTEK

love Rio’s overlapping guitar pick shapes logo for the games. I even feel like they might have stolen it out of my head, it could easily have been a pendant design.

These kind of shapes have more of a connection to me, this earth, reality as we know it. Those perfect circles and squares are just ideals. Give them any time in the real world and they start to evole, erode, and generally fall apart. But I guess entropy is math too…