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 2008 present



Circle & Line forms can also be found in the City Synthesis Resonance Series.

See also: Circle & Line Series, Years 20062007 [13 works]
                Circle & Line Series, Year 2005
[10 works]


Rain Ripples  (2023, 30 30 in.
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Rose Garden  (2023, 24 30 in.
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Wildflowers  (2022), 36 24 in.
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Perceive the wind, perceive the dance  (2022), 36 36 in.
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(2022), 40 30 in.
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Arks (2012), 24 36 in.


Samba (2013), 30 30 in.

Tornado (2013), 24 36 in.

Winter's Harbinger (2016), 30 24 in. 

Exhibited and sold as set of all 6 paintings arranged accordingly by column and tier:

Change (2011), 16 12 in.

Calligraphy Version 

Hua-Yen (2011),16 12 in.

Calligraphy Version 

Unity: Not One, Not Two, (2011) 16 12 in.

Calligraphy Version 




Forest Dharma
(2011), 16 12 in.

Calligraphy Version

Season Cycle (2011), 16 12 in.

Calligraphy Version

Land Construction (2011), 16 12 in.

Calligraphy Version

Music (2012), 20 16 in.


Psychedelic Painting No. 2 (2012), 50.5 50.5 in. [36-in. sides]

Primary location of this image is the Op Series.




Wall (2011), 40 30 in.

[This is not an abstract; based on an actual Japanese temple wall.]


Cloudburst  (2011), 48 24 in.

Flamenco: Siguiriyas y Soleares
(2010), 36 36 in.



Pungmul Percussive Dance  (2010), 30 30 in.


Thelonious in Chau-Tal (2008), 36 36 in.*

Passage (2008), 30 40 in.


Harbor Nocturne (2008), 36 24 in. *

Full Circle (2008), 48 36 in.


              Dorje (2008), 24 24 in.

Ecosystem, More or Less (2009), 30 30 in.

  See also: Circle & Line Series, Years 20062007
Circle & Line Series, Year 2005

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