This morning I braved the cold winds and chill to plant some hydrangeas in front of the studio. Somewhat distracted, I looked into the two plastic containers that had held caustic soda and ferrous solution for my rusting some time ago. The trays had dried out and formed these glorious artworks in the base of each tray. The first few photos were taken in situ - beautiful marks resembling snowflakes, and snow drifts. The magic happened then as I turned, tray in hand, towards the sun and the light came up underneath the plastic trays and caused this breathtaking illumination. Wish I could take the credit - but nature has a way of trumping even our most ambitious ideas.
And here comes the sun beneath ......... other than the natural light, the photographs have not been manipulated in any other way.
Many years ago I watched a programme on SBS television on Fractal Geometry and the Mandelbrot Set in particular. I was totally absorbed by the patterns created when a particular mathematical equation was entered into the computer (this was impossible to do prior to computer capabilities), each variable answer was given a different colour and the computer took this information, extrapolated the results and translated them as ever repeating coloured patterns - the more closely you zoomed in on one area, the same pattern was shown to repeat and this went on infinitely. Of course I am not really explaining this in any adequate manner - you need a mathematician to do that and a superior brain to follow it all. As an artist though, I was totally transfixed by the gorgeous patterns growing and repeating on the screen - resembling paisley patterns and beautiful mandalas which we have used in artwork over the centuries.
If you look at the marks often left on the sand as the tide recedes you will see arms with protrusions, and on each of those protrusions more similar patterns occur. It is completely fascinating. If you have any interest in trying to understand what I am talking about just google fractal geometry and the Mandelbrot Set and there is a wealth of information and a you tube video to watch. It is really well worth it.
Why am I writing about this? Well - I see the same patterns arising here in the dried out chemical solutions. It reminded me so much of this programme on fractals. Did any one else out there watch it?
I hope so - and if not, head to google!