## Suman Vaze |

Acrylic on canvas, 24”x 24”, 2008.

The sum of the perpendicular distances
from any point within an equilateral triangle to the sides of the
triangle is fixed. To depict this, I have divided the big triangle into
several smaller equilateral triangles. In this triangle, the sum of the
perpendicular distances is 16, hence the title.

Acrylic on canvas, 24”x 30”, 2009.

Place a point on a sheet of paper and
fold the edges of the paper so that the edges touch the point and are
parallel to the original edge. The folds make a shape similar to the
original but a quarter of the original area. If the sheet is now folded
so that the vertices touch the point, the slant fold lines pass through
the points of intersection of the edge folds. These fold lines are
reminiscent of the iconic HSBC and Bank of China buildings in Hong Kong.
The green construction shrouds stifle many banking institutions today.

Suman Vaze, Teacher of Mathematics, King George V School, English Schools
Foundation, Hong Kong

Hong Kong

"I seek to depict interesting mathematical
truths, curiosities and puzzles in simple, visually descriptive ways.
Mathematical amusements inspire the color and form in my paintings, and
I try to strike a balance between the simplicity of the concepts and
their depiction in art. The logic and balance of the discipline is
beautiful, and I like art that both stills and stimulates the mind –
these are the qualities I strive to capture in my work. I find that the
current affairs of the world also influence my paintings which sometimes
have both a mathematical and a social perspective."