Paintings with Stripes

I am fascinated by the evolution of the striped pattern throughout history and it’s appearance in everyday life. The origin of the stripe pattern in Western society has consistently been used to draw attention. The function of the oscillating pattern has been used to segregate people in both positive and negative ways. The stripe phenomenon has been said to begin with the “biblical stripe” found in Leviticus 19:19, when God proclaimed to Moses”…you shall not wear a garment upon yourself that is made of two.” It is from this moment forward that society has been condemning and justifying the ideologies of the noun and verb that is in its most simple definition a relatively long, narrow band of a different color, appearance, material or nature from the rest of a surface or thing.

Striped surfaces are rarely found in nature. When man encounters them he considers their curiosities and fears them. Sometimes admires them. The stripe is a cultural mark that man stamps on his environment.” (Pastoureau  88).

Pastoureau, Michel. The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes. New York: Columbia University Press. 2001. Print