Off the wall …

I have just finished holding my exhibition ‘Liquid, Light and Time’ at Exeter University’s Innovation Centre – it ended on Friday. This exhibition showed evolutionary sequences of paintings, and I had some very good feedback from it, which was great! Below is the brochure I produced to accompany the show – it provides short explanations of what each of the pictures is about.

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Brochure for ‘Liquid, Light and Time’

Always aware of hexagons..

… especially when vortices are involved as on Saturn’s North Pole, where a central vortex appears as a hexagonal feature.

Here’s a hexagonal feature (5 of the 6 sides) created nearer home, which also appears in the collaborative movie, ‘Knowing’, posted just below.

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‘Baroque periodicity’

“Knowing” – a new collaborative video with Tullio DeSantis

This video features Tullio’s music along with my fluid dynamics imagery.

In this movie I explore the major/minor key contrasts in Tullio’s piece, and its mood of perpetual motion. The major/minor aspect of the music made me think of juxtaposing structured and unstructured flow, and the feeling of perpetual motion seemed to match the whirling and wheeling of the vortices which feature throughout the movie.

I am fascinated by vortices; they make such strong, compelling images in themselves, and also have a rich symbolism attached. This symbolism can appear self-contradictory – some mythology emphasising their destructive nature, other belief systems talking of them as the ultimate energy source – ‘getting into the vortex’ … perhaps Knowing in the sense of true wisdom.

I hope I’ve captured a little of both aspects here, and that you enjoy the flow of the whirlpools and their patterns, set to Tullio’s music.

In this movie I explore visual parallels to the major/minor key contrasts in Tullio’s piece, and its mood of perpetual motion. The major/minor aspect of the music made me think of juxtaposing structured and unstructured flow, and the feeling of perpetual motion seemed to match the whirling and wheeling of the vortices which feature throughout the movie.I am fascinated by vortices; they make such strong, compelling images in themselves, and also have a rich symbolism attached. This symbolism can appear self-contradictory – some mythology emphasising their destructive nature, other belief systems talking of them as the ultimate energy source – ‘getting into the vortex’ … perhaps Knowing in the sense of true wisdom.I hope I’ve captured a little of both aspects here, and that you enjoy the flow of the whirlpools and their patterns, set to Tullio’s music.

“Being” – a new collaborative video

Tullio DeSantis and I have just completed a new video entitled “Being”, combining Tullio’s music with my fluid dynamics imagery.

Tullio’s music has a relaxed, meditative quality, which made me think of new ways of expressing links between the cosmos and life forms here on earth. I could see connections between new planets and cellular life forms coming into existence, and wanted to express the slow, inexorable quality of this birth process – a gradual unfolding of events. The whirling galaxies that recur throughout the video are analogous to a kind of ‘wheel of life’, and we see similarities of pattern and form at all scales.

I hope you enjoy this video. It was great fun to make – I enjoyed many hours of experimenting in the Fluids lab at Exeter Uni to obtain the footage for it.