Art infused with Science

Tree of Life -Black Ink Drawings

 

5 x 8 inch ink drawings in permanent pigmented ink on acid free paper.

                          

1.  Abstracted Birch  5×8 inches, ink on paper

Study of the patterns in a birch tree. The focus was finding, representing, and abstracting typical birch forms. This is part of a set of drawing studies that complement my “tree of life” painting series.
Sharpie pen on acid free drawing paper
 
 

2.  Abstracted Oak   5 x 8 inches, ink on paper,

Study of the patterns in an oak tree. The focus was finding, representing, and abstracting typical oak forms. This is part of a set of drawing studies that complement my “tree of life” painting series.
Sharpie pen on acid free drawing paper
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3. Evolutionary Tree, 5×8 inches, ink on paper

Pen and ink on acid -free drawing paper. Micron 0005 tip pigment ink felt tip pen. The double helical DNA motif is fused with an abstracted tree. The DNA motif moves upward from the trunk and forms the branches, alluding to the biochemical commonality in our family tree. The tree motif is a powerful way to represent biochemical connectivity. The tree form with branches and sub branches and twigs has the same pattern as many types of branching processes and data. At the same time, living trees themselves play a crucial role in preserving the ecosystem and keeping the planet habitable.
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4. Variation on a Cayley Tree, 5 x 8 inches, ink on paper

The Cayley tree is a mathematical object related to a Bethe Lattice (see the wikipedia article for an overview).  It’s essentially a branched structure. Each node joining the branches in the “tree” has three branches emanating from it (think of it as a trunk that forks into two branches at the node). Each branch terminates at another node which also branches. A smooth plane has two dimensions and a smooth line has one dimension, but a Cayley tree has an intermediate dimensionality. This can be useful for certain types of calculations: where a fractal surface either better reflects the physics of the system, or where the symmetry of the Cayley tree simplifies the physics and/or math.
In “Variation on a Cayley Tree” some liberties were taken with the strict branching geometry and topology of the mathematical object, in order to map it onto a form that actually resembles a tree. The drawing “Variation on a Cayley tree” is part of a series of drawings and paintings examining tree symbolism in nature, and in the world of scientific ideas.
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Other posts on the “Tree of Life Series”

Tree of Life 2 – In progress and Finished

Tree of Life – for all the DNA obsessed People

Branches and Trees (ink drawings)

Evolutionary Tree (ink drawing)

 

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  1. Love your blog, some great reads here that call for a cup of coffee and a sit-down!

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    December 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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