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ABOUT ME
Carousel Presents Symmetry's Portal: More Insights from Margarida Ed Newman
Sardinha Concerning Her Current Work
Writer, artist, harmonica
player, adman
I've been following the work of
Have been known online as
Lisbon-born artist Margardia Ennyman since the mid-
Sardinha since I first discovered and 1990s.
interviewed her in late 2010. Her Ennyman's Territory
current exhibition in London is The Many Faces of Ennyman
called Symmetry 's Portal. It is the My Original Website
fruit of of her many years being
extensively focused on the concepts View my complete profile
of symmetry and optical illusion. The
exhibition expands geometrically a FOLLOW BY EMAIL
wide photographic survey of the
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Alhambra in Granada documented
by the artist. You can read our 2015 dialogue about the Alhambra here. I have been
continuously impressed with the direction her explorations have taken.

Her exhibition at the Carousel in London opened last week and will run through July 1.
By means of photographic assemblage the artist deconstructs symmetry and has
generated illusory semblances. Symmetry 's Portal is thus a body of work of optical
illusions where the symmetric and random are diluted in three-dimensional works
originated from two-dimensional planes.

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EN: Until I saw the photos of your installation at
writer/editor, or to purchase art.
Carousel I was unaware of the scale of your work.
How were these pieces produced?
Margarida Sardinha: The series Symmetry’s Portal
comprises 30 works (150x94x35 cm) and an Subscribe in a reader
animation film that were produced at my studio. The
30 works’ backgrounds are printed on vinyl and the THIS IS MY BEST
polyhedral shapes attached to them are printed on
photographic paper and then assembled by me. I outsourced the printing and the
plexiglas boxes that enclose the works from a local manufacturer.

EN: Your first visit to the


Alhambra was in 2011.
How and when did you
first take an interest in
symmetry?
MS: Symmetry has
been a long sought
interest of mine since
my work deals with Specially Priced for the Holidays
geometry. But before I
went to the Alhambra I
read specialised books
on the subject such as
Marcus du Sautoy’s
“Symmetry – A Journey
into the Patterns of Nature”, Keith Critchlow’s “Islamic Patterns” and Roger Penrose’s
“Shadows of the Mind”. I also saw a very interesting and extensive retrospective of the
works of M.C. Escher at the Alhambra galleries and then further read “Godel, Escher
and Bach” by Douglas Hofstadter.

EN: It seems like a


labyrinthian quest as
you following Ariadne's
Thread through
symmetry's designs.
Have there been points
at which you felt you
had breakthroughs and
came to new FREE EBOOK FOR IPADS & IPHONE 6
understandings? Can
you describe these?
MS: I suppose the first
great breakthrough was
to be able to recognize
the 17 two-dimensional
regular tessellations that
are possible on a flat plane. You see, in symmetry there are only 17 regular ways of
dividing a two-dimensional pane into regular tessellations and these can be all found in
the floors, walls and ceilings of the Alhambra. It is extremely rare to find all these types
of symmetries all in the same place – only some Egyptian temples also display such
knowledge. When I went to the Alhambra I was on the lookout for these different types
of symmetries and as I photographed the place I was able to find and understand Click Image to Download Now
them.
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EN: How does understanding symmetry give us a greater understanding of and
appreciation for the universe we live in?
MS: Symmetry has an uncanny way of finding its way everywhere – from a flower way
of growing to manmade constructions it seems to surround us and even be part of us.
Hence, I take a Platonic stance on how we perceive the world, which appears to be
subconsciously guided by innate forms linked to geometry and symmetry thus by
understanding these subjects we can better understand ourselves and our
subconscious backgrounds.
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For more: 17 cool quotes by Marcus du Sautoy.
To learn more about the artist and her work, visit margaridasardinha.com.

Meantime, art goes on all around you. Engage it.


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