The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow

Russell Prather's avatar Russell Prather

I make visually volatile renderings of simple forms and ordinary objects. My pieces are made from acrylic paint—in patterns of dots, lines and other marks—applied to transparent sheets of polyester film, aligned and suspended on metal rods. Viewers see a row of 2-dimensional surfaces—like a sequence of cross sections—collectively conjuring a 3-dimensional illusion. Hovering in space, they are viewable from 360 degrees; with no fixed or favored point of view, the alignment of the layers is constantly in flux. As a viewer's perspective and proximity shifts, these objects gradually and radically transform: viewed askew appearing solid and extended, from the front flattening out like paintings, from the side seeming to fold into space and disappear. My title–The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow–is from William Blake's illuminated book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; it alludes to how these pieces are conceived, by dividing whole things into collections of constituent parts.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 22 inches (per element)
  • Medium: acrylic on layers of polyester film
  • Width: 31 inches (per element)
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 25 inches (per element)