Fermata 1 ~ Center & Surround


Fermata 1 ~Center and Surround Detail
Fermata 1 ~Center and Surround (Detail)

I am exploring

the tension

between holding

& discretionary release


representation of a shape

which involves a center

& some sort of surround.








Fermata 1 ~ Center and Surround

This initial composition:

Fermata 1 ~ Center & Surround

is dominated by the central descending handle clasping the spherical orb which radiates downward and to the bottom two corners of the  square.

The overall shape is organic in nature, though the structured handle lends a formality which significantly contrasts the formative & emerging orb.

Drama is also created by the boldness of colors & the high contrast noted between the orange and blues. The orb hints at an imminent dropping or bursting, so faith in security of the handle is soothing.

This piece is striking because of it’s high contrast and bold strong shape. The setting is left to the imagination, which leaves the viewer feeling a bit mysterious.

One wonders, “Am I in a new galaxy or this a microscopic land?”

Viewers have seen this shape as a

• a mermaid’s tail

• a ligand and receptor

• a dog picker upper thingy for balls

There is great potential surrounding the orb and a thought that something should happen next.

I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on this piece!  Please drop a note in the comments if you care to share.



  1. Elona says:

    I looked at it before reading your comments, and immediately saw a fallopian tube releasing an egg… and then I read, “The orb hints at an imminent dropping or bursting, so faith in security of the handle is soothing” – right on!

    • Ringmaster says:

      Right on! You’re not the only one to see the female reproductive system parts in my art work- first mention of it with this piece, but it has many daughters- so keep watching for more! Guess my years as a childbirth educator were not for naught.

  2. Kate says:

    I see an eyestalk. Has it absorbed the light around it (leaving the pale landscape). Or perhaps the landscape doesn’t exist until it is seen by the eye?

    Although the fallopian tube works for me as well, lol. I love this sor tof composition!

    • Ringmaster says:

      I’m so heartened to hear you love this kind of composition. It’s territory that I haven’t explored for awhile and I’m eager to hear reactions to it- I especially love it when they’re positive!

    • Ringmaster says:

      Cool image Roberta- thanks for sharing! The optic nerve isn’t one I’ve spent much time visiting yet, but you’ll see it soon in another piece which is much more geometric but with a similar dominant shape. I can’t wait to hear what you think of that one!

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