Rubin’s Vase

With the idea of fitting together I went in search for more inspiration and remembered Edgar Rubin. Rubin is a Danish psychologist most famous for his optical illusion of the vase and two faces as seen on the left.

The name given to this type of illusion is gestaltism or Gestalt psychology. This again falls into the phenomenon of pareidolia, perceiving familiar images in negative or unlikely places.



Further examples of Gestaltism

During this research I also came across ceramacist Greg Payce. His work is directly inspired by Rubin’s Vase, taking the 2D into the 3D. His work is a bit too much of a literal translation for me, but it’s impressive nonetheless. The precision required to make these forms must’ve taken immense skill.

Using the silhouettes of my kissing plates I created a visual of how my work would look in this direct gestalt-like style.

gestalt vase

Rhino test of kissing plate rotated

I feel like all of the interesting qualities of my illustration are completely lost in this. The shapes don’t even fit together anymore and the is nothing particularly interesting to distinguish in the shapes.


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