Yvette Kaiser Smith - Artist

Photograph by Tom Van Eynde

Sequences from transcendental numbers pi and e, prime numbers, grids, and repetition of simple geometric shapes are my obsession. I devise systems for visualizing numerical values by which I can create new and uncommon patterns where the grid serves as an armature for plotting sequences, and grid and sequences serve as armatures for exploring patterns.

Majority of my past works are wall-based, geometric, crocheted fiberglass constructions. I create my own cloth by crocheting continuous strands of fiberglass into flat geometric shapes which are formed and hardened with polyester resin and use of gravity. Pascal’s Triangle and value of digits from specific sequences define spatial relationships and color distribution.

In 2011, I began exploring new systems of mapping sequences, anchored in drawings that range from simple notations as graph plots to complex layered patterns that visualize hundreds of digits. While working on my first series of screen-prints in 2016, I was introduced to a laser cutter and began working with laser-cut acrylic sheet. Most recently, a new iPhone and increased city driving resulted in hundreds of snapshots which led to a new body of work that combines digital prints on transparency film with laser-cut acrylic.