Erika Blumenfeld


Each set of three lines in A Box of Eight, straight and broken, comprise the basic elements of the ancient Chinese text I Ching, or Book of Changes. There are eight possible sets of these lines, called trigrams, which can reveal inner knowing to the earnest seeker according to the tradition.

The artist was interested in using the simple forms of the trigrams, materials – an ink that is either iridescently brilliant or invisible depending on its illumination, and translucent paper in order to make a work that directly invited the interaction and mutability of light.