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I have been posting thoughts from my fractal thesis, but today, I want to share some new techniques I am working on.

The first two pieces are inspired by the fractal dimension. The fractal dimension is a state of drawing or painting that in neither 1 dimensional or 2 dimensional. It lives around 1.6 and 1.7. Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings often fall in this category. It is why we enjoy looking at them. Our brains just love the complexity. So, my thought was to lay string in the wet paint.

What? String you say….

The plan was to begin my piece the usual way, by pressing paint between two smooth surfaces. Once the two surfaces were removed, I would lay string on the still wet paint, return the second surface and print a second time. I was hoping to get a multi-dimensional result. A little like a pile of cooked spaghetti. I did NOT get what I was hoping for but found the result to be interesting.

Amoeba, 26 x 20 inches, acrylic on synthetic paper
Snakes, 20 x 26 inches, acrylic on synthetic paper.

Author: marywahr

I am an experimental artist living in Northern Michigan. My art includes fractal field painting, drawing in pen and pencil and mono-printing. I am a life long learner and am always looking for new and interesting ways to express myself. In 2020, amid a pandemic, I had a show of over 300 pieces of my art. I am also prolific!

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