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Isles of Time


This art collection is my most complex one. It's pictures forming a symbiosis between art and the sciences. They were drawn in 2014.


Time Axes


Clock with Vectors 1 - Wavy Reality 2 - Distorted Worlds 3 - The Big Question 4 - The Mystery Of Paradoxes 5 - The Power Of Bonds 6 - Building Blocks of Life 7 - Helices of Life 8 - The Machinery of Life 9 - The Cycle 10 - Cell Division 11 - Waves of Time 12 - The Mathemagicians Room 13 - Center of Life

In each picture you can draw time axes. Mostly they start from the vanishing point, but sometimes they are different.


If you view it as a clock, where the above picture is number 12, the other pictures are 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on... We will use this as a shorter description of the pictures.


At first: These arrows are vectors as well.


At 12:00 the time axis is a circle; It should demonstrate a paradox. And if you look closely at the picture you will see that the isle is an impossible object itself.


At 5:00 the time axis starts where the ghost starts. It is because this picture is about a chemical reaction and starts in the hands of the ghost. Above the ghost the molecules the ghost holds fusioned to another molecule.


At 6:00 the time axis starts where He – Helium is. You have to know that hydrogen and helium were the very first elements that were existent in the universe. Also, stars convert hydrogen to helium. In course of time heavier elements arise, mostly through the death of stars. That’s why the time axis starts at a light element and ends where I drew a molecule.


At 8:00 the time axis starts where the four tunnels cross, that’s a symbol that life starts where different atoms meet (The tunnels end in atoms).


At 9:00 the time axis is " broken", it is because of the whole symbolism of this picture which is about time and death.


At 10:00 the time axis is vertical. It’s because of the cell division symbol I used there.


In the picture in the middle there is another closed loop. It looks like a string in string theory by the way. It is a symbol for paradoxes like the circle in the picture at 12:00; it's just more complex in this case. Also, it combines all the different time axes of the 12 pictures around it in itself. (If you "count" the vectors together they will form the object in the picture in the middle.)


The Symbol of the Isle


Isles seem like single pieces that have no relation to each other. But if we look closer and look below the water, we see it stems from one and the same and that it’s just " hills" in the structure of earth.


But what does it mean? At first, we view it reductionistically; We explore every isle as its own and look at the details it contains. But then we discover that they are related to each other which makes us look holistically at it.


This is an adventure many scientists and mathematicians experience(d). To find connections between connectionless-seeming theories is indeed ecstatic. It gives us a deeper understanding of the cosmos we live in.


The Special Figure-Background Relationship in each Picture


The above picture by Scott Kim shows the word "figure". The tricky part is that even the background tells "figure" – Thus one can’t determine what is background and what is figure!


In my pictures I tried to use this symbolism in form of a ghost. It should be a part of the picture (" environment" /background) and a single part of itself (" observer" /figure). This could lead us to ideas of reductionism and holism.


But, one can't determine if this ghost explains the pictures as if it was outside the pictures or if it is a part of the pictures itself. In this case, both is true – a common paradox is born!


Another example I have is about the following: One can't determine the borders of anything for everything interacts so vividly. The best example is quantum mechanics, in which particles/waves can even be superposed. A more clear example is the following: If we look at a star, where does it really end? The photons it emits come straight into your eye, or even become a part of you in this sense. Where can you say the star truly ends if everything interacts so wildly and vividly like elementary particles?

You are an observer as well as the environment itself.


There comes a quote to my mind:


Universe to each must be

All that is, including me.

Environment in turn must be

All that is, excepting me.


by Buckminster Fuller (Synergetics, 100.012) Source: SYNERGETICS by Buckminster Fuller


This is another paradox.


The Artworks


The drawings are a cycle of the hierarchy of the sciences; M is Mathematics, P is physics, C is chemistry and B is biology. The 13th picture is in the center and contains aspects of all the four sciences.

Clock with Vectors