Maurits Cornelis Escher, aka as M.C. Escher, is one of the world’s most famous graphic artists and my choice for this week’s ‘Inspired By’ post. Best known for his mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints that feature so-called impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture and tessallations, his work is enjoyed by a large audience, far and wide.
I first came in contact with Escher’s work at the end of forth grade when my aunt gave me an album with his most famous prints. Headache inducing at the time, it grew on me over the years as I understood better some of the concepts explored through his art. Escher had a lifelong fascination with pattern and tilings, to the point of obsession (as the artist himself admitted). His love of symmetry and interlocking patterns resulted in beautiful tessellations (tilings of flat surfaces with geometric shapes without overlaps or gaps) of flora and fauna that to this day are among my favorites from his large body of work.