|Keywords:||Chaos; Fractal; Strange attractor; Nature; Evolutionary biology; Morphogenesis; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Outras Engenharias e Tecnologias|
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This work is a sort of set of notes I made while being both the experiment and the experimenter with the Master of Glass Art and Science. I’m not a scientist. At the beginning of my studying at Glass Art and Science program, my artistic voice longed to be made manifest, but I did not know how to find the right expression for it. Now I feel like I found the way, and it happened because here I had a possibility to be in art and science at once. I was lucky to find a lot of workable analogies in science that I could apply to my art making. I’ve looked at Biology, Morphogenesis and Fractal geometry and I learned about how objects take form in Nature. Thanks to the science I’ve got a rich soil of awareness, kind of strong base, from which I began to advance rapidly like an artist. Some of the facts from science I noticed, already exists in my art making, but the awareness of them still leads me somehow to the new levels of my work. The idea of “morphological fields” from evolutionary biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s is very much related to my art making. The heart of his idea is that if we look at how the cells multiply, how they reproduce themselves… if we look at Nature and try to break it down and to understand and read how things happen, if we try to explain why it looks like this or that, we fail to find enough information to explain the final forms. Sheldrake argues that there is not enough information available when we deconstruct cellular information to explain how larger scale forms occur. Something or some process appears to be happening outside of what we can see. We cannot see the force that makes thing take shape. As an artist, I understand that force very personally. I just open to it, I just give it to my hands, and there is no difference between me and the rest of natural processes. Advisors/Committee Members: Wiley, Robert, Tereshina, Elena.