a_square_poem

192x192 pixels, 2 colors

2021

A graphical interpretation of Lewis Carroll's 'A Square Poem' (sometimes referred to as 'I Often Wondered').

The original 19th-century poem consists of six lines, with six words in each line. So, it's basically a 6x6 matrix of words. The ingenuity reveals itself in the way of reading it. It yields the same poem when read either horizontally or vertically.

In my pixel interpretation, I arranged Carroll's text as a visual framework to form a square shape. I aligned the first letters of each word vertically, then connected them with the pixel motifs evolved from the shapes of the words to complete the ultimate square. Besides the mathematical form of the poem -since the drawing was made by one pixel at a time- the smallest and the largest visual element of this work also became a square. My initial motivation was based on this idea of creating the same form at micro and macro levels.