Thomas Dylan, Qwul'thilum
The elegant beauty of a logarithmic pattern
Edition Size: 100 signed and numbered, 10 artist's proofs, 10 remarques, and 2 printer's proofs
Paper: Stonehenge 250 grams
Paper Size: 56 x 69 cm, 22 x 27 inches
Image Size: 46 x 59 cm, 18 x 23 inches
Publication Date: 12/01/2016
Published By: Cedar Hill Long House Art Publishing
About the artwork and artist:
Qwul’Thilum (Dylan Thomas) is a coast Salish artiste from Lyackson First nation, who are traditionally from Valdes Island on the Northwest coast of British Colombia. Born in 1986, Dylan Thomas grew up in a family rich with culture and tradition and was lucky to be exposed to aboriginal art at a young age.
The design developed while I was exploring the artistic possibilities of logarithmic spirals. Spirals have been fascinating humankind for most of recorded history. The Archimedean spiral - a spiral that maintains the same distance between each line after rotation was named after the Greek mathematician Archimedes, one of the earliest people to formally study the spiral in the third century B.C., but wasn’t until the sixteenth century that Rene Descartes became one of the first people to write about the logarithmic spiral: a spiral which widens as it circles outward. This type of fractal spiral – which is the most complex mathematically – is actually much more common in nature: snail shells, hurricanes, certain flower petals, draining water, and the tails of certain animals ( such as the Seahorse), all the spiral following a logarithmic pattern.
After experimenting with the spiral, I decided to use the opportunity to create a seahorse – an animal not found in the Pacific Northwest (and thus not found in traditional Coast Salish art). I adjusted some of the designing techniques from my more traditional art to create the head and the body – then attached it to the logarithmic spiral to create the tail.. In the end , I had a design that combined some of my favourite elements of Coast Salish design with the elegant beauty of geometric balance.