The circle is perfection.  But when you apply mathematics to it, you need to use pi, an indeterminate or transcendental number. Our retina, hence our scope of vision, is circular, though we place emphasis on the horizon, in contrast to cats, which are more sensitive to the vertical. The circle is steadfast and forthright, yet it implies gliding movement along a surface or a rotation in space, forming its noble derivative, the sphere.  Spiritual mandalas are circles, materialistic coins are circles.  The Zen enso, which is symbolic of the absolute, encompassing the dharma essence and Tao way neither lacking anything nor with anything in excess, is a brush painting of a circle. A circle pulls space around it.

The line is a connection or a path or vector.

Bibel discovers for herself what Calder had artistically pioneered and what a child playing with Tinkertoys knows intuitively: the lightness of being.  Here are skeletal formations in unbounded space, abstract yet representational and associative. 

Debra Jan Bibel

An Exploration, An Evolution


Circle & Line


Years 2006–2007



These images are part of an ongoing series.

See also: Circle & Line Series, Years 2008 – present [12 works]
                Circle & Line Series, Year 2005
[10 works]

Festival de Fès (2006), 36 × 36 in.

  Pith  (2007), 30 × 30 in.               


[Please note that the camera lens distorted some of these images;
vertical and horizontal lines are respectively parallel, the two sets are perpendicular, and the radius of each circle is uniform.





      Starry Sky (2007), 30 × 24 in.

  Quantum Moon  (2007), 30 × 24 in.  

Penelope's Ploy (2007), 40 × 30 in.


Four Symbolic Etudes (2007), 78.75 × 21 in., units mounted on painted plywood

Vision Quest

18 × 18 in.


18 × 18 in.

18 × 18 in.

Civil Union
18 × 18 in.


                                          Detail of Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra (2006)
24 × 48 in. / 30 × 60 in. complete
Lacquer wood frame, brass tubing, acrylic on canvas.

              The Great Game  (2007),  24 × 30 in.

Mountain Standard Time  (2007),  24 × 36 in.


Thinking About Thinking
(2007), 30 × 30 in.


Robert's Rules of Order (2007), 36 × 24 in.

   Celestial Dragon (2006), 30 × 40 in.

Noetic Serpent (2006), 30 × 30 in.

See also: Circle & Line Series, Year 2005
                 Circle & Line Series, Years 2008 – present


*  Sold        × Personal Collection

City SynthesisSquare/RectangleStripes
Circle & LineDotsSwirl & Curve

HOMEContactTitle-Price Index


All images are copyright by Debra Jan Bibel.  Permission for use in electronic media or for printed reproduction is required. 
Links to this website are permitted only if artist identification is included in direct view, not just within source code.

Last Revision: February 20, 2012