Batik on display at CMC


It would be no exaggeration to say the art flowed from Jason Albrecht's hand like thoughts in a comfortable conversation. Because the art was a conversation.

It was based on a chance meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. Albrecht spent hours talking with a woman named Tracy Moran about things such as the Fibonacci Sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ... add the last two to get the next) and fractal dendritic patterns.

Albrecht was a geology major in the 1990s at Colorado College where he studied dendritic patterns -- the patterns of a river and its tributaries, which resemble the branches of a tree or veins in a leaf.

To Albrecht, the pattern represents complexity rising from simplicity, and he incorporates it in his hand-dyed batik artwork.

At the end of his conversation with Moran, she told him to go home and reproduce the subject of their talk into a one-of-a-kind batik.

Originally, the batik that now hangs on the wall at Bristol Hall on the CMC campus was meant as a custom piece for Moran, but when the 35-hour project was complete, he was invited to display it at the school.

Titled "The Dogian Flow," the piece began as an empty white sheet of silk-rayon blend fabric. Albrecht began, as he often does, by drawing a spiral. By the end, he had a stained-glass-like piece that incorporated dancing women with roots for feet, trilobites, jellyfish and the symbol for pi.

The entire piece is meant to take place under water covering a timeline that begins 450 million years ago.

"Batik is the art of flow," Al----brecht said. "None of this was sketched before hand. I didn't have anything planned. I just let the conversation come out of me."


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