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Work comes full circle for creative local student

07 July 2014

Jessica Pratt

Canine companion is inspiration for unique art work

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has been recognised with an award for his commitment to outstanding creative practice in Fine Art.

Daveid Darbyshire, 50, from Mellor, Blackburn, was a display technician for Lancashire County Council for several years until he decided to follow his dream of becoming an image maker and signed up for UCLan’s BA (Hons) Drawing and Image Making course.

Now in his final year, Daveid has seen his work on display at UCLan as part of the University’s Creative Focus Festival, which showcases final year degree work of students from architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media practice and performance courses.

Daveid took inspiration for his work from a unique source; his Jack Russell Terrier ‘Pi’. Daveid’s canine companion was given his name because of the perfect circle on his back which reflects the mathematical equation Pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

“These three symbols also represent the Earth, Sun and Moon. Much of my practice is concerned with synchronicity and the interpenetration of all things as I strongly believe that everything is connected in one way or another.”

Daveid’s piece is called the ‘Pipad’; a table-like structure that also serves as a ‘pad’ for Pi to sleep in. What initially sounds like a simple idea becomes far more complicated once you begin to notice the elaborate planning Daveid has done to place hidden symbols throughout the design. Much like his dog, the work isn’t simple at all and is a reflection of the research Daveid has done into several areas including science, politics and religion.

If you look closely at the Pipad you will see that the ‘face’ of the table resembles the face of a dog, with two eyes and a nose.

Daveid said: “These three symbols also represent the Earth, Sun and Moon. Much of my practice is concerned with synchronicity and the interpenetration of all things as I strongly believe that everything is connected in one way or another.”

Daveid invites people to make sense of the symbols he uses believing that “both Pi the dog and Pi the number are irrational and hold their own secrets”.

The Pipad has several functions including a way to tell how old you are in dog years and speakers that play a representation of the sound of Pi or, as some mathematicians and philosophers have called it, "the voice of God".