

M.C.
Escher. 18981972. Artist, and leading exponent of the art of
tessellation.
"The
geometry of space translates to a reoccurring theme in my
creations: the tessellation. A
tessellation is an arrangement of closed shapes that completely covers
the plane without overlapping and without leaving gaps. The regular
division of the plane had been considered solely in theory prior to me,
some say. I diverged from traditional approaches, and chose instead to
find solutions visually. Where other mathematicians used notebooks, I
preferred to use a canvas.
To gain access to a greater number of designs, I used transformational geometry techniques
including reflections,
glide reflections,
translations, and
rotations. The result is a
´mathematical tessellation of artistic proportions.'"
"Although I am absolutely without training or knowledge in the exact
sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than
with my fellow artists."

