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I am Emily Orzada and I am a dance major from Newark, Delaware.

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Writing Assignment- 250 words on 5 sections

The first week of this class our assignment was to take 20 pictures of patterns; ten of them had to be patterns that we found in the city of Philadelphia and ten of them had to be pictures of patterns that we found in our daily lives. I liked this assignment because it allowed me to "think outside of the box" when looking for patterns in my life. I found that it did not only mean literal patterns that we found on clothes, but also patterns are schedules and things that we do everyday or a certain day of the week that have turned into a pattern.

The second week we had to find patterns in nature. I chose a picture of peacock feathers because they have several different ways of representing patterns. Before this assignment, I had never thought about how many different ways patterns can be found in one simple thing.

The third week we had to research different patterns in math. I chose to research a fractal. Before I came to UArts, i did not have any interest in math. I still do not love it but I have learned that there is more to math than just numbers, and those different formulas and numbers can create art and patterns.

We also had to find artists that use math in their work, I had not realized there were so many different artists who used math in their work.

The next week we had to research Art Nouveau and Art Deco. These two different ways of art deal with nature(Art Nouveau) and math (Art Deco). Learning about these types of art helped me understand that there is more than one way of looking at art. I never used to think that math was involved in art but this assignment opened my eyes and helped me look at art in a new way.

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Polka Dots

-mathematical based

-found on flavorpaper.com

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Paisely Pattern

-Resembling a twisted teardrop, the kidney-shaped paisley is of Iranian and Indian origin.

-Its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland, a centre for textiles where paisley designs were produced.

-This pattern would be nature based.

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Art Nouveau and Art Deco

-Art nouveau is considered a "total" style, embracing architecture, graphic art, and interior design. It was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants but also in curved lines. This concept would be more related to nature since that is where it was inspired from.

-Art deco is an influential visual arts design style. Art Deco was a popular style and affected many areas of design. It was used widely in consumer products such as automobiles, furniture, cookware, china, textiles, jewelry, clocks, and electronic items such as radios and telephones. This concept would be more related to math because of the geometric designs.

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fractal in my everyday life

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Artists that use math


Victor Vasarely

  • "grandfather" of the op art movement
  • his work called Zebra is considered to be one of the earliest examples of op art
  • The breakthrough brought by his “kinetic” visual experiments transformed the flat surface into a world of unending possibilities, book marking an era in the history of art
  • he was always searching for a way to create social art, accessible and available to all
  • http://www.rogallery.com/Vasarely_Victor/vvassehm.htm

Bridget Reilly

  • English painter of the op art movement
  • best known for her black and white paintings
  • paintings have a big variety of geometric shapes that produce sensations of movement and color
  • used only black and white until 1967, when she introduced color and created her first stripe painting
  • has paintings in the Museum of Mordern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • http://www.op-art.co.uk/op-art-gallery/bridget-riley
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  • a mathmatical set
  • has a fractal dimension which means it has a ratio providing an index of complexity comparing how detail in a pattern changes with the scale at which it is measured
  • typically self-similar patterns
  • they are the same from near as from far
  • they may be the same at every scale or nearly the same at different scales
  • the object does not need to exhibit exactly the same structure at all scales, but the same type of structures must appear on all scales
  • http://www.enchgallery.com/fractals/fracthumbs.htm
  • http://classes.yale.edu/fractals/
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Response to Nature

The peacocks feathers represent many different kinds of patterns. The first pattern is the 'eyes' on the feathers. The eyes on the feathers appear to look like eyes because of the repitition of the colors on the feather. The eyes also represent another pattern by, the repeat on the lenght of a single feather as well as repeating from feather to feather on the whole group of feathers on the peacock. Another pattern that the feathers represent is that at a specific time of the year, the peacocks feathers fall off and then grow back again. This pattern represents a cycle that occurs every year in every male peacocks life.

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Andy Goldsworthy

James Turrel

  • Born in Los Angeles, CA
  • 1943
  • most of his work is based off of light and space
  • earned his pilot license when he was 16
  • in the 1970s he began his series of “skyspaces”, enclosed spaces open to the sky through an opening in the roof.
  • He is best known for Roden Crater. Got the crater in 1975. He is working on turning the crater into a naked-eye observatory
  • http://vimeo.com/67926427

Patrick Dougherty

  • born in Oklahoma
  • 1945
  • he combined his carpentry skills with his love of nature to build and experiment with tree saplings as his material for his sculptures
  • started making single pieces to making monumental scale pieces
  • makes “site sculptures” so the sculptures fit into it’s surroundings
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmNaQ5SbHqw
  • http://www.stickwork.net/

Stuart Arnett

  • grew up in Ontario
  • where he grew up played a significant part in his interest in nature and wildlife
  • works in graphite because it allows him to obtain the highest level of detail in his work
  • Is a Wildlife Conservation Artist
  • Main goal is to assist both the specie and habitat conservation with the help of his artwork
  • http://www.stuartarnett.com/

Richard Shilling

Wangechi Mutu


Pygmy Seahorse

  • Found in southeast Asia in the Coral Triangle area
  • Some of the smallest seahorse species in the world
  • Very difficult to see among the coral and sea grass
  • Characteristics include fleshy head and body, short snout, and long tail
  • It is covered in coral-like “tubercles” to blend in with it’s coral surroundings
  • This animal blends in so well that it was discovered because humans brought wild-caught coral to an aquarium and the species was living among the coral.
  • http://www.divetrip.com/kungkungan/pygmy1.htm
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