Parasitic Reflectivity in a 90° Two-Step (2010)
This installation is the next step in my exploration of geometry, symmetry and chirality. This piece is the first in a series that are directly responding to their architectural context. Their proportion, scale, organization and position are directly related to the formal and spatial aspects of the building. The components and compositions are three-dimensional reflections of each other that lack an internal plane of symmetry, which is what makes them chiral. They then follow the rules of a two-step 90° rotation in relation to each other – component to component, composition to composition - they dance.
This piece was made possible by the generous friendship and support of Julie Allen, Atticus Adams and Garry Pyles.
Dee Briggs was born in 1968 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. She received a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University in 2002 with undergraduate studies in architecture from the City College of New York. Briggs began making art full time in 2002 and now exhibits nationally and teaches in the schools of art and architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She lives and works in New York and Pittsburgh.
Briggs works in steel, bronze and aluminum at various scales and is personally leading and involved in all of the fabrication work. Formally her work is rooted in the exploration of chirality (3 dimensional handedness), which is pursued through the study of various principles of geometry and complex operations of symmetry. Conceptually she is exploring the resulting relationships of line and plane and the way in which each composition describes or implies space, creates an environment and interacts with its context.