T. G. Vanini
In the course of my research as a pure mathematician I made visualizations of certain abstract structures in finite set theory. Pleased with the organic feeling and sometimes surprising forms of these diagrams, I started to explore their aesthetic possibilities and this grew into an artistic obsession. Each element in my images is grown from a single mathematical seed which I control, with the aid of experiment and imagination and Mathematica software, to obtain a visually satisfying form.
In my creative life as a songwriter, poet and violinist I’ve long been concerned with exploring the boundaries between art, science and mathematics – between form and emotion. And in my mathematical research I have been probing the relations between reality and abstraction. My digital prints, while a more recent adventure for me, are a continuance of these explorations
I perform my songs and song-poetry with The Princes of Serendip, and have recorded 6 albums on the Rose Hill and Jaiya labels. I have also played and recorded violin with a range of singers, songwriters and Celtic music ensembles, and have performed my poetry at many regional venues. My book of poetry, Dear Cloudface, was published by Post Traumatic Press in 2018. All the while I have pursued a career as a mathematician, teaching for many years at Baruch College and publishing a few dozen research articles in mathematical logic.