Cohere by Tara O’Brien - SOLD OUT!


In 1997, Daina Taimina crocheted a model of hyperbolic space. It was the first truly useable model to examine mathematical theories diverging from Euclidean geometry in three centuries of study. Taimina was uniquely situated to solve this dilemma. Trained in mathematics and computer science in her native Latvia, she grew up with the strong tradition of handcrafts of knitting and crocheting. In Cohere I narrate the train of thought from this tradition to the development of the highly conceptual idea of hyperbolic space and how to represent that concept physically. The hands hold a special place of honor as the tools which form the learning and understanding. As book artists push the boundaries of what a book is and what it can be, we use our hands to create, just as a woman from Latvia created a revolutionary way of examining mathematics.

Artist Bio

Tara O’Brien is an accomplished book artist whose work is widely exhibited and collected. Her work is found in many collections, most notably, the Tate Modern Library, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Pieces range from contemporary structural explorations to traditional leather bound volumes. She is interested in conceptualizing the book and exploring its future. Using thread to embroider, stitch, crochet, and knit the surface of the paper, Tara believes that a narrative within a book can be something other than text and images.Tara received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Tara is currently the Director of Preservation and Conservation Services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and adjunct lecturer at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA.