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Bill Ralph "Visions of a Mathematical Mind"

Statement

Bill Ralph grew up in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He has always been interested in mathematics, music and art. When a painter uses a brush to blend paint and create textures on a canvas they are a making use of a physical process that mathematician's would call a "nonlinear dynamical system". I use abstract versions of such systems as the basis for computer programs that assist me in creating art using technique that I have invented and which are unique in the world. The medium is quite difficult to handle and is much like creating a sculpture from a pile of leaves by blowing on them. As an artist, I hope that my work will connect people emotionally to the enormous complexity and unity that is inherent within the rich mathematical objects that inspire my images.