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Bachelor of Arts



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Dominant thinking today links certain styles of geometry to different effects on the brain. Research has found psychological stress is often caused by man-made geometry, otherwise known as Euclidean, whereas, Fractal, or natural geometry is credited with reducing it.

Euclidean and Fractal geometry represent opposite ends of the design spectrum: “the former express reductionist design, while the latter express ordered complexity that is a result of mixing a hierarchy of linked scales” (Salingaros 2012).However, there is more commonality between them than is understood, and those with dyslexia, given their unusually developed capacity to visualize special patterns, connections, and relationships, can best help us perceive what bridges these geometries, as seen in art in architecture.

My mixed-media artwork, “Geometries New Paradigm” explores the relationship between these two disparate geometries. Individually, each drawn layer presents its own abstract combination of Euclidean patterns of elementary pure solids. Combined, each layer converges into one, expressing a fractal dimension across their transparent surfaces forming a hierarchy of linked scales through the use of color, and lines. Furthermore, through using multiple transparent surfaces, my piece reveals detail within detail through the interplay of light. The combination of which creates shadows that surround my piece in smaller projections of each individual layer; which will be further surrounded by even smaller projections; forming a chaotic pattern that repeats periodically – a fractal.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.