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.

Most recently, I began exploring new systems of mapping sequences, anchored in drawing with various media such as graphite, markers, acrylic gouache, and encaustic paints on panel and variety of papers. These 2D works range from simple notations as graph plots to complex layered patterns that visualize hundreds of digits.