T. G. Vanini

Artist Statement

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

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