Margins of Error: Perfect Circles Meet Real Circles

ink and pencil on Arches watercolor paper
each 35.5 x 25.6 cm
2020

By definition, a circle is nothing if not a thing of absolute circleness. The only true circle is a perfect circle, and a perfect circle can only exist in the mind. But of course, a circle we see in the world transmits the idea of a circle, and that must be enough, because then we call it a circle. Nothing can really be a circle, and yet the circle exists.

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Margins of error: Perfect circles meet real circles
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No, we put the circle in the world! No, we found the circle in the world!
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Margins of error: Perfect circles meet real circles