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# Two

## Marion Drennen

Quantum Connections

• Title: Two
• Size: Diptych 42” wide × 34” tall (each piece is 21” wide × 34” tall)
• Medium: Acrylic on Board

To evoke a sense of the number 2, this piece is painted on 2 panels. The 21” width and 34” height are in the Fibonacci Series of numbers, making their relationship approximating the Golden Ratio … the space is then divided into that relationship. The lower portion has strips of space that are broken down into Fibonacci Series dimensions also.

The 2 large black dots were the Glyph used by the Mayans to depict the number 2.

It is important to retain a sense of humor when dealing with all this, so included in this painting is this bit of silliness which reads: tea for two, couples, dos equis which is pretty good beer … 2 sides to every story, 2 sides of the bed which actually has four, as well as 2 halves in a whole, 2 ends to every length, and humans have 2 legs, 2 arms, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, 2 breasts. The 2 of Clubs is the lowest card in the deck. If you wear a tu-tu, you might dance a pas de deux. 2 wings on a bird. 2 tusks on an elephant. A 2 is necessary for the concept of opposites. It’s the first even number.

### Words for Number 2 in different languages used throughout the painting:

• Ancient Greek: duo
• Anglo-Saxon: twegen
• Aramaic: tareyn
• Armenian: erku
• Avestan: bae
• Baltic: dy, dyj
• Breton: diou
• Chinese: er
• Danish: to
• Dutch: twee
• English: two, distich, deuce, double, doubleton, duet, duo, pair, twain, yoke, binary, brace, couple, couplet, duad, dyad, span, twosome
• French: dau
• German: zwei
• Old High German: zwene
• Gothic: twai, twa
• Hebrew: bet
• Italian: deux
• Indian: dvi, ashvin, yamala, yugala, netra, bahu, yama, qulphau, paksha
• Japanese: ni, putatu
• Korean: tul
• Latin/Roman: dos
• Lithuanian: du, dvi
• Oscan: duo, duae
• Old Erse: dau
• Old Icelandic: tveir
• Old Saxon: twene
• Polish: dwa
• Romanian: do
• Russian: dvau, dva, dvi
• Church Slavonic: duva, duve
• Sanskrit: dvau, dva, dvi
• Scots Gaelic: dwy, dau
• Spanish: doi, dos
• Swedish: tva
• Thai: song
• Tokharian A: ta
• Tokharian B: wu, we
• Welsh: dow