“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.” ~ Calvin & Hobbes

Jody Lawrence, also known as Mandelsage online, is a visual artist who uses digital tools to create fine art and "motifs". He’s especially passionate about science, space, science-fiction, philosophy and critical thinking and is happiest if any of his creative work inspires others to get interested in learning more about the world.

Concerning my creative process:

Using fractals to create art is both highly frustrating and rewarding at the same time, for several reasons.

Most people agree that the patterns created by fractals are beautiful; they also believe that generating such patterns using a computer program is not really _art_ and I agree 100% with this. There are those out there that learn the bare minimum, sometimes just enough to know where the "randomise" button is, generate pretty patterns, and call it art. Type 'fractal art' into Google to see a flurry of such images. This is where my frustration lies: People will often see my work and think "Oh, but it is done with computer programs." ...

Yet my creative process is so much more, in which the randomise button is only one of dozens of tools I use. I never have, and never will, simply generate pretty fractal patterns and call them art. It has taken many dedicated months of using and learning the programs I do to create my art. The exact way things go depends highly on what my intention is. My favourite process is simply wading into fractal chaos to discover beauty in the disorder. Randomising might be the start of the journey (or else I start with specific formulae in mind - after some time, one learns what formulae do what...), after which playing with several formulae, each with several parameters, help with further exploration (not to mention camera angle, lighting and colouring).

Other times, I have something in mind, and attempt to reach that vision through the knowledge I've gained on how the programs work, trying to bend the forms to match my vision. This is where the rewarding part comes in... Sometimes I'll be lost for days or weeks in the chaos, trying to shape it to my will, before I am happy. Similar, I'm sure, to traditional artists who dedicate themselves to their canvas and are often never 100% satisfied.

As I said, frustrating and rewarding. I can only trust that this will shine through in my work more and more as time goes by.