Fibonacci 5

  • Billie Ruth Sudduth, Fibonacci 5, 1996, reed splints, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale and Susan Stewart, 1996.28

Luce Center Label

Billie Ruth Sudduth avoided studying math during college and also stayed away from art classes, preferring to play sports. Once she began weaving her baskets she saw the connection that her patterns had with Fibonacci's ratios, a sequence of naturally occurring proportions discovered in the thirteenth century by Leonardo Fibonacci. This in turn led the artist to look elsewhere in nature for her models. To achieve the black color of the reeds in this basket, the artist immersed them in a homemade dye produced by soaking rusty nails in water for over a month.

Luce Object Quote
"The ratios I use for my overs and unders . . . are the same ones found in the spacing of the spirals on seashells, pineapples, in the arrangements of a daisy or sunflower, even in the spirals that form the curve of an elephant's tusk. Best of all, Fibonacci goes to infinity, so I'm good for at least another century." Artist quoted in The Crafts Report, June 2002
Title
Fibonacci 5
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Dimensions
13 x 16 1/2 in. (33.0 x 41.9 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale and Susan Stewart

Mediums
Mediums Description
reed splints
Classifications
Object Number
1996.28
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More Artworks from the Collection

2013
stoneware, stains, and oxides
ca. 1964
stoneware, glaze, and acrylic paint