Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Influences on Seth: MC Escher

It may be not so much that Seth loved the work of MC Escher, but that he felt a kinship with it. Like Escher Seth was a mathematical sort of artist who loved visual puns, a complex kind of symmetry, designs that repeated,
but where the repetitions are not exactly the same.
What Escher termed Symmetry drawings like the ones posted here, Seth used as a jumping board to start thinking about the complex repetitive images that he called Tessellations.
He loved making these things. It was something that he did entirely for himself; he got very little revenue from them: a few posters sold, that's all. However, at the time of his death he was in the midst of negotiations with a fabric manufacturer to do some fabric designs. Another person wanted him to paint some ceramic tiles with a Seth Fisher repeated design. So it is possible that he would have started to do tessellation work that made him some money.

1 comment:

j_ay said...

A Seth! clothing line...I can see it now...