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Two

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