Dragon Curve is an installation of objects, wall pieces and home goods that explores a specific pattern, "Arc," in various iterations and through different widths, colors, and media. The pattern is created by connecting multiple rotations of a simple shape – an arc – at a 90° angle, and is inspired by an infinite fractal pattern first described by NASA physicist John Heighway in the 1960s known as the “Dragon Curve.” The resulting curve is continuous and infinite; it never crosses itself and does not meet at the ends. In her work, Ellen often utilizes mathematical rules to create patterns, isolating one or two factors in order to produce a complex image.
The exhibition features collaborations with Bower Studios and Brendan Timmins. With a focus on mirrors, Bower explores perceptions of depth, light and self, and aims to bring unexpected objects and environments into people's lives. The triptych mirror, designed in collaboration with Bower, merges Van Dusen's playful patterns with Bower's innovative take on mirrors. The upholstered chairs, made in collaboration with Timmins, signal a new use and direction for the “Arc” print. Timmins, a designer of semi-functional aestheticized objects, is inspired by hidden processes, material experimentation and the prototype as a unique and self-contained form.