Artist Lines Optical Illusions

Photo credit: Katy Ann Gilmore
Los Angeles-based artist Katy Ann Gilmore uses math, physics, and simple lines to created mind-bending optical illusions, not Photoshop. She earned her BA in Mathematics, Art, and Spanish from Greenville College in Greenville, IL as well as an MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Many of the organic shapes in her art use geometry and brings them together with nature like a topographic map. Read more for additional pictures and information.


Artist Lines Optical Illusions
Artist Lines Optical Illusions
Her works are mainly in black and white, while using a combination of straight and curved lines. The former is drawn with sharp angles to create the illusion of three-dimensional space, and the curved to show dips and peaks. In previous works, she draws thread-like, tightly-spaced, elongated lines, and others are rendered in hundreds of hand-drawn triangles.

Artist Lines Optical Illusions
Artist Lines Optical Illusions

“I’m currently influenced heavily by topography and the relationship between 2D, perpendicular planes, and their distortions into 3D space,” said Gilmore.

Artist Lines Optical Illusions
Artist Lines Optical Illusions

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Quick timelapse shot by @kristinfarr of my mural at FBLA through @fbairprogram. I'm in Seattle working on my next one! This one is outdoors and around 60' x 22'. The concept is like the FB one, so I'm learning how to make the dashes (and portal lines to one vanishing point) on a bolder scale…one that's large enough to catch at a glimpse while driving by. The lines here are about 1/4"-3/8". The ones on the outdoor one are about 1.5"-2". Check my story for an image. Although I used a straightedge in this clip (as it was super important to be precise) it's not as important on a wall high in the air. Mason line is proving to be super helpful, and it's serving as an accurate enough guide. I'm learning lots of pros and cons of working interior vs exterior…and it's fun to think of different techniques to get the same visual results no matter what the surface. Can't wait to share images as it progresses! // 🎵 "Why didn't you save me", @nicolasjaar – favorite song by him. Listened to it manyyyy times over the month of working on this mural.)

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