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The Aesthetics of Art Represented Mathematically

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Start Date 09/01/2005
End Date 06/30/2006
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM


  Mark Fitch

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  Peder Reiland


As I let the loose clay flow through my fingers I have decisions to make. I am past the point in my ceramic career where I have to worry much about getting the clay to move the way I want it to. So my concern has moved from this area to another, I now am more worried with how ascetic the final shape will be. I ask myself questions about the shape I am aiming for and the smoothness I am trying to achieve. When all of my questions have been answered in a physical form, then I have turned a lump of clay into a work of art. People will look at this form and, if I have done my part correctly, they will feel good about how their eyes rest upon it. They will enjoy the way their eyes follow the present and implied lines up and down the sides that have been complemented by an array of colors. To further my art I must push for a better understanding of the medium, shaping and coloration. To gather a better understanding of why shapes are pleasing I am going to express those attributes considered pleasing mathematically, seeking a common trend among those things that draw the eye in a pleasing way. Through this study I should gather a better understanding of why the shapes that are considered beautiful, are considered so.

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