Art and the Mathematics of the National Museum of Australia

By Janelle Robyn Humphreys.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This project explores the mathematical basis of the architecture of the National Museum of Australia. This makes the understanding of a controversial Australian icon more accessible to the public.

Keywords: Mathematics and Art, Möbius Strip, Projections, Topology, Architecture, Australian Landscape Painting

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.69-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.576MB).

Ms Janelle Robyn Humphreys

Janelle Humphreys is a Doctor of Creative Arts student at the University of Wollongong. In 2000-03, after some twenty years as a lecturer in Mathematics in universities, she studied the Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts at the Sydney Gallery School (Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE). This was followed, in 2004, by a Masters degree (MSA, hons) at Sydney College of the Arts, where she continued her research into the links between mathematics and art. This led her to the University of Wollongong which encourages cross-disciplinary research. Humphreys is a practising painter and has had solo shows in Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle during 2004-6. She is represented in several public and private collections, including those of the Northern Sydney Institute and the Blacktown Council and the Vice-Chancellor of Sydney University, and has won several prizes, most recently, the Yang Sheng-An Memorial Art Prize, 2005. Her painting is about her position in landscape and the connection with memory and place. Research interests are in dimensions and projections in visual systems. Presently she is analysing methods of pictorial illusion in landscape painting, especially the Australian Modernists, using the topology of the möbius strip.

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