Visual loops, lines, and values

Whether I am working with a  2D or 3D piece, I enjoy creating visual loops, lines, and values that unfold with the viewer. Below are two examples of my bi-stable pieces that can  rest in either of two states.

Lauren A. Toomer, Dual Ry| Graphite on paper| 30 x 22.5 inches
Lauren A. Toomer, Dual Ry| Graphite on paper| 30 x 22.5 inches

Bi-stable images were popularized in 1915 by Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin, with the “Rubin vase” illustrated below.

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Rubin vase

My artwork is often  inspired by my fascination with perception and my interest in juxtaposing different elements to compose one image.  I explored similar ideas concerning double imagery with Mask W.L below.

Lauren A. Toomer Mask Portrait (W.L). 2012| 22.5 x 18 x 7 inches| Bamboo strips, dirt, pastel, charcoal, wood, paper stretched over canvas bar.
Lauren A. Toomer
Mask Portrait (W.L). 2012| 22.5 x 18 x 7 inches| Bamboo strips, dirt, pastel, charcoal, wood, paper stretched over canvas bar.

With “Mask W.L”,  I drew a trompe l’oeil  image of a mask  and paired it with a mirroring bamboo  sculpture.

As always, I hope you enjoy looking  at the two ways that I explore visual illusions and blend two forms to make one piece!

– LAT