I think I have mentioned before how I see many fractals as somewhat archetypal in nature. We have, in our decorative past, incorporated many motifs that turn out to be quite common in fractal geometry. The swirls and whorls, the spirals and branches, the radiating patterns… it is like we knew about fractals before we knew about fractals. But of course we did, didn’t we? Because fractals are the shapes of nature, and we are a part of nature ourselves, and surrounded by it. We noticed the regular and irregular natural patterns around us and we appreciated them. We began to find them beautiful. Then we began to associate them with ideas, and some of them became symbolic.
This particular fractal is one of those ones that seems to be archetypal. Of course the cross shape, as a symbol, is much more ancient than the Christian religion. This is more complicated than a simple cross, though. What other associations does your mind bring to this image?
I hope you’ll come out to my studio this coming weekend during the Oxford Studio Tour to see this piece and more.