Erik Bakke

2018 Lavender Ratio Series

The “lavender ratio” is pi over two. The tem “lavender ratio” came out of

working on this series. The series started with consideration of Ivy Bottini’s design of the

National Organization of Women’s logo (see the first image below) and her subsequently having

to leave NOW for being part of the “lavender menace”—for being lesbian. The ratio was

determined by deciding what the relationship of the sides of a rectangle would have to be if a

circle inscribed within that rectangle had exactly one half the area of the rectangle. The answer

is that if the inscribed circle has a diameter of one (and thus one side of the rectangle must be

one) then the longer side of the rectangle must be pi over two. For further discussion of the

lavender ratio see the text written at the bottom of the first two paintings below.

All paintings depicted here are in total 24 x 12 x 1.5 inches (the lavender ratio portion of the

paintings is approximately 18.85 x 12 inches). The paintings are acrylic on birch panel. All were

painted in 2018.