Sunflower – series

50×70 cm

Screenprint on  Hahnemüle paper

printed at AGA_LAB Amsterdam
all works 1/1


Sunflower studies: these giant flowers are one of the most obvious—as well as the prettiest—demonstrations of a hidden mathematical rule shaping the patterns of life: the Fibonacci sequence, a set in which each number is the sum of the previous two (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, …), found in everything from pineapples to pine cones. In this case, the telltale sign is the number of different seed spirals on the sunflower’s face. Count the clockwise and counterclockwise spirals that reach the outer edge, and you’ll usually find a pair of numbers from the sequence: 34 and 55, or 55 and 89, or—with very large sunflowers—89 and 144. Although the math may be beautiful, plant biologists have not worked out a mechanistic model that fully explains how the sunflower seed patterns arise.

During his ‘artist in residence’ at AGA_LAB in Amsterdam, Peim started experimenting with printing multiple in colours the sunflower pattern.
Peim’s works are generally based on grids and distortions making use of repetition as a compositional method.