The Art of War (Final)

by | Feb 24, 2016 | Artwork #2: Appropriate


  • A deck of cards
  • A ruler
  • A large amount of string, you can use multiple colors if you wish.
  • A large sheet of paper
  • Some type of adhesive: hot glue or tape.


  1. Place the paper on the floor or a hard surface, whichever you prefer.
  2. Attach one end of the string to any point on the piece of paper with your adhesive. This is your first point.
  3. Shuffle your deck of cards and deal out two piles.
  4. Flip the first card of each pile.
  5. Determine the larger card and take that number and double it. (2 will be 4, 5 will be 10, and so on).
  6. This number will tell you how many centimeters from the first point will be your second point.
  7. You may decide to go in any direction from the first point. Attach string here with hot glue or tape.
  8. Flip another card from each pile and repeat process.
  9. If your string is too short, feel free to start a new piece of string by attaching to a point of your own choosing.
  10. Continue until satisfied or out of room.
  11. Admire your work.


  • Does the string have to be straight? : No the string can be hung however you’d like, as long as the points (the adhesive areas) are the correct distance between.
  • You can go in any direction from your point?: Yes. you can go in any direction you’d like.
  • What numbers are associated with the Jack, Queen, King, and Ace?: 11,12,13,15 respectively.

Artist’s Statement:

With this piece I hoped to establish a conversation between two seemingly opposite topics.  I wanted to show that sometimes, things that are disharmonious can still produce harmony. I decided to work with a meticulous method because art and war is just that. Bits and pieces that work together to form a strategy. I have worked with systems within my previous pieces and I found this idea useful.

My inspiration for this piece came from the artists in the Dada movement that we are currently exploring. They were so anti-art that they redefined art. Art wasn’t necessarily about technique, it was about expression and redefinition.

From the common themes in their pieces came mine, but in a more literal form. They talked about themes pertaining to WWI to create art and in my piece I used the literal game card game of War.