The wondrous world of fractal mathematics and reasearch has led art to come up with some truly stunning images, that not only look good but make you feel better while you view them.
The dictionary defines a fractal, short, by the way, for fractional dimension, as a repeating geometrical shape, at ever smaller intervals, the tiniest portions of it exactly like the whole thing, in appearance, the term typically referring to geometric patterns that are mathematically generated, and very much used in art today
We are all the subject of a whole host of mathematical equations based on repeating patterns, which is exactly what fractals are. The natural world is ruled by them, based on fractal mathematics, and research at the University of Oregon proved that our simply staring at mid-range complexity fractals makes us feel much better in ourselves.
Because the subconscious mind recognizes fractals, seeing them before us increases our sense of well-being and peace, and it is now known that DNA uses fractal based language to communicate. Lots of people have reported vivid fractal imagery in their heads during Near-Death Experiences, and when in deep altered states of consciousness, like hypnosis.
Were you aware that nearly one third of all crop circles created display basic fractal shapes within them, emphasizing expressions of order and chaos permeating structures in nature. Fractals have been the subject of study since the 1980s, and fractal art gets ever more complex and fascinating. In fact, Fractal Energy Art is considered by many to be organic living art, images of patterns repeating themselves at increasing levels of magnification, endlessly.
Fractal art is just so amazing to us, geometric shapes and rich colors so impressive that we cannot help being mesmerized, simply attempting to grasp the beautiful complexity of the images. It is no surprise that this type of art is gaining in popularity, or that research into it is very much ongoing.
Scientists in Australia and Sweden are part of an international effort, hoping to establish the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Complexity, with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where researchers will try to find the ways in which our brains process fractal images, and why they have a soothing effect on people.
Professor of human physiology Paul van Donkelaar, is working on a project tracking small eye movements as subject s view computer-generated fractal patterns, the research breaking new ground through the use of such complex imagery, but the studies have broadened , not only involving physics and human physiology but also psychology, infants being studied to establish whether fractal recognition is innate or learned.
The beauty of all this is that, ultimately studies could involve art and architecture, because the introduction of fractal designs to building seems inevitable, if the beneficial effects are truly profound. The fascinating fact that staring at fractal art can have a physiological as well as psychological impact, makes this a genuinely exciting new field. And the artwork really is astounding.