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Tangent #2 (535A.D.-T-2)

Tangent #2 (535A.D.-T-2)

Artist: Christine Taylor Patten (American, born 1940)
Date: 2007
Medium: crowquill/Pelikan ink on Arches paper
Dimensions:
Support: 9 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (24.8 x 27.6 cm)
Frame: 16 7/16 x 17 7/16 x 2 3/4 in. (41.8 x 44.3 x 7 cm)
Classification: Drawing
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds from the Macquarie Group Foundation, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.26.2
Description
Christine Taylor Patten is a longtime northern New Mexico resident who works with ink and a crowquill pen. She arrives at abstract imagery from a multitude of hatch marks in varying densities. Tangent #2 assumes the appearance of a cell or a planet, with the trace of an orbit path encircling it. Patten’s Tangent series was an offshoot of her micros series, in which she endeavored to make 2,000 one-inch crowquill and ink drawings that evolved one to the next. (Each was titled from year 1 A.D. to 2000 A.D., as the subtitle of Tangent #2 does as well.) As with much of her work, Tangent #2 uses a visual language of science that builds on a long history of the intersection of art and science in New Mexico.
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