These eighteen "ecosystems" combine modified Chinese characters with diagrams of prairie plants. I created them during my Heu不den '19 summer residency, as part of a continued investigation of that somewhat mysterious province of the mind from which arises the highest forms of thought, be it mathematical discovery or spiritual revelation.
I conceive of the work in mathematical terms, in a variety of ways:
1. Each of the drawings, as well as the set as a whole, may be viewed as a mathematical object, with potential conceptual/metaphorical links to other parts of nature. Might, somewhere in the world, a mountain's topography or an estuary be layed out in the same pattern? Or a two-dimensional rendering of the electrical pulses in somebody's brain? Or a hitherto unknown chemical compound?
2. Mathematical relations are posed in the play of proportion in each drawing, as well as between any combination of two or more of the drawings. For example, if one were to pull two of the drawings into three-dimensional space and connect the space between them, what kind of mathematical object would be created? And, in turn, what kind of relations would this mathematical object have to the world? This question may be posed between any number of the drawings, in any number of dimensions.
3. The set illustrates the principles of systems and chaos theory: although each "ecosystem" was drawn with incredibly similar initial conditions (same artist, same pen and paper, same afternoon), each drawing turned out unique. What accounts for the level of similarity and difference? And how many drawings would need to be provided to what complexity of AI to predict my patterns of thought and behavior?