Pattie Lee Becker

    • Powers of Ten I
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten II
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten III
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten IV
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten V
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten VI
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten VII
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten VIII
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten IX
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten X
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten I
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten II
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten III
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten IV
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten V
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten VI
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten VII
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten VIII
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten IX
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten X
    • Letterpress
    • 10" x 10"
    • Powers of Ten I-X
    • Individual Archival Digital Prints
    • 37" x 28"
    • Powers of Ten I-X
    • Individual Archival Digital Prints
    • 37" x 28"

Artist Statement

POWERS OF TEN

Inspired by the Charles and Ray Eames film “Powers of Ten“, all of the images in this series, which I consider to be one artwork, are each a distinct view within one shared world.  Each drawing can be described as a still frame of an animated journey through 10 primary floating layers, with two subsequent background layers visible in each frame.  As each framing represents a point of perspective along a line traveled, the compositions transform through consistent scaling and linear motion along the axis of the viewer’s gaze. 
This process is an experiment in layering which defies classical ideas of perspective and depth even while portraying patently flat surfaces.  A disorienting inversion of nearness and distance have the confounding result of allowing background objects to grow proportionally with their distance, much like the disorienting experience of looking through a magnifying glass while moving it away from an object.  This series is a personal response to the eponymous Charles and Ray Eames film, which portrays an inspiring but much more scientific exploration of the effects of distance and scale on our visual environment.

Artist Bio

The free-flowing narratives of Pattie Lee Becker’s artwork reside within the imaginative process and vibrant color palette of her fine-line drawings and curious sculptures. Her pattern-rich and highly detailed works showcase the results of her playful “dream improvisations” – her process for channeling the subconscious to discover the themes of her work. Becker’s compositions are spontaneous explorations of subject and mood that reveal distinctive networks of forms and situations as they are created, allowing the works to build and reveal their own stories.