Painting with Numbers

Just as we can mix colours to make new colours, so too can we mix geometric shapes to make new shapes. Red mixed with blue gives purple. A wave mixed with a circle gives ripples like when a stone hits a lake. The artwork uses a variety of different shapes.

The second component of the work is to use repetitive actions to increase complexity. If we take a word and randomly change one letter or randomly add a new letter, new words will appear. Similarly, by making a small change to a pattern and repeating the change many times, completely new shapes arise.

The third process is to give each number a colour. Each mathematical formula gives a series of numbers, one for each pixel on the monitor screen, and each number is given a different colour, or shade of colour, just as in the well-known painting by numbers.

Finally, software can be used to, say, turn the shape upside down, or to reflect it. There is no right way up or down for maths, and also no correct left or right. So this stage is merely a matter of taste, as is the choice of colours.

The mathematical formulae used draw on all professions using mathematics, including engineering, science, music and economics.

My congratulations to those who work out which composition combines the harmonics of superstrings under breaking strains of the Nash equilibrium at the quantum scale.

Lewis Blayse