A.M. Parker: Jorge Luis Borges and M.C. Escher


Where Escher uses the repetition of forms and the interplay of light, dark, and shadow combined with a multiplicity of perspectives both to explore and illustrate underlying mathematical principles, Borges invents his fictions to explore underlying human concerns, including large metaphysical questions about the mysteries of our existence and, as Borges himself said, “what is most important … [the mysterious nature] of ourselves”. The visual and temporal labyrinths of Escher’s art and Borges’ fictions may be described as a set of Chinese boxes, an elaborate puzzle, a moebius strip, a circle, or a strange loop; however, underlying them all is an attempt to explore the workings of the universe and where we as humans fit into the picture.


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