Artist Katy Ann Gilmore Creates 3D Optical Illusions That Look Like You Walk Into Them

Imagine seeing a wall that looks like an entrance into another universe. Well, now you can because this visual artist creates immersive 3D optical illusions using only line drawings which bring an illusion of depth and space. So, Los Angeles-based muralist and visual artist Katy Ann Gilmore finds inspiration from architectural constructs. However, unlike most muralists who use colorful spray paints to create stunning three-dimensional murals, Gilmore uses pens and markers to draw simple lines that can construct perspectives.

Gilmore can add new dimensions and perspectives by creating meticulously hand-drawn vanishing points and skewed shapes on walls and corners. The talented artist builds up the images to encourage the viewers to move around in physical space. This movement gives the viewers the experience of constructing their own interpretation of the image through visual phenomena.


3D Optical Illusions Seem To Transform Walls Into Dimensional Portals


So, Gilmore received her BA in Art and Mathematics from Greenville College, Illinois in 2011 and her MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University, California in 2014. By combining art and mathematics she has developed a unique and methodological approach in creating 3D illusions. Inspired by equations, graphs and more she is able to shift the scale by skewing the lines and distorting perpendicular planes.




It seems like many of her pieces use contrasting colors and very detailed patterns.


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3 ft x 3 ft piece on canvas you'll have the chance to see in person next weekend if you're in the San Francisco area – look for @cordesafineart at Art Market SF! // Happy Earth Day! I was excited to see the March for Sciences happening everywhere, and I checked out the one in Pasadena this morning. I have a bachelors degree in mathematics, so data / science were a huge part of my life for several years – and as I was growing up. But I also grew up enjoying art and making things. It took a bit to figure out how these naturally meshed for me (and I'm still learning! ?). It takes work and patience – and I think that's important to remember today: to pay attention to data, be open to new ideas, respect others and the earth in the process, and see how two initially seemingly disparate ideas can mesh. No matter what your political / religious / scientific leanings, just try to be open. Step 1. ? ?

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“I really love taking on a unique space with corners and interesting architectural elements to add new dimensions and perspectives. I also try to accomplish the same thing in my studio work for gallery shows.” the artist said.


Here you can see how awesome her work looks in buildings as well as in galleries.




Sometimes her work doesn’t involve pens as sometimes she uses 3D materials such as rubber cord.






So, lets take a look at some more of her stunning artwork.



Here you can see a larger piece of artwork that is used to cover a building and it really transforms it into something unique.



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What I worked on this week! So excited to have "Catenary Galaxy (Iteration 2)" in its new permanent home in Munson Chapel at @azusapacific in Azusa, CA. I went to grad school here, so I'm honored to do this install! I'm really happy with how this came together – I modified "Catenary Galaxy" from my solo show in May to fit the dimensions of this space. The sculpture itself is about 10' x 12.5' x 10', and made of rubber cord, monofilament, and screws. It was quite a challenge to hang and ensure that everything stayed untangled, so I had the help of two great assistants! The part behind me is installed flat on the wall, and the other part extends out 12.5'. I'll probably be inundating you with all views to get a better idea of the piece. // It's fun to look back and see how ideas develop. I started thinking about ideas similar to this in 2011, and made a 3D piece along this concept shortly after in early 2012. In 2013/14 for my MFA thesis, I used monofilament to create gaps in steel ball chain, and this led to thinking about how to suspend these catenaries to make them feel more like lines drawn in the air. I started developing this particular piece in late 2016 / early 2017, and was finally able to use that knowledge and maturation of an idea over time. Sometimes an idea takes awhile to simmer and goes through stages and iterations until you find one that really clicks!

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This a super cool piece because it is over 6ft tall!









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View from the left side of the mural at @northeastern. This is why I love working with fixed vanishing points on a wall: When you walk around in “real life” your personal vanishing point, and consequently the ways your eyes interpret information, constantly changes so what you’re seeing “makes sense”. That constant shift doesn’t happen when moving around a mural where that vanishing point is static and fixed on the wall. Things start to get distorted and maybe squished, like these lines on the right side of this portal. Look a few photos back or for the post with the progress video walkthrough…Those lines look “correct” when you’re facing the wall orthogonally, but then get wonky from a viewpoint like this – the second and third levels of the portal look to be the same width. But if you’ve seen other views of the mural – you know they’re not 🙂

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Here, we have a close up of the intricate lines. As you can see the colors and pattern create such an amazing illusion.




While this one has lots of twists and turns.



And this one has a cool cut-out section and it really grabs your attention.




Gilmore has worked with prominent companies, for instance she has created artwork for brands like Google, Facebook, Vans, Uber and TrueCar. She was also commissioned by Hermes to complete a store window in Kuwait. Her mind-bending works have been featured in various exhibitions since 2015. And she also creates small-scale 3D illusion drawings that she puts up for sale on her website.

Lastly, we have this cool image where you can see the artist at work.


So, we’ve picked out some of her most impressive optical illusions from her Instagram page to transport your visual senses into another dimension. Don’t forget to follow the artist on Instagram to see her latest creations.

So, what do you think of these intricate and amazing 3D optical illusions? Let us know in the comment section. We don’t know about you but we love each and every piece!

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