FLOWING FRACTALS and SPONTANEOUS EMERGENCE
on the EDGE OF CHAOS
by Joanna Poppink
Wet streaming pigment on the edge of chaos dissipates as it flows outward.
With its last energies, it sends out delicate, branches, tiny stretches of
itself, on and into the paper. The shapes are like ideas deepening physical
brain matter or water creating tiny rivulets on the edge of a river. Given
enough time such simple branching fractals create grand complexities. What
spontaneously emerges can be as rich as Einstein's mind and Arizona's Grand
When our world encourages us to specialize and fragment, to live and think
in limited categories we lose our ability to see the rich, complex whole
which is present and within which we ourselves are whole.
I invite you to look at our world through these paintings with the
perspective that comes from the edge of chaos.
We live on the edge of chaos, and it's a beautiful, miraculous place to be.
Farther away from chaos we are static. Over the edge of chaos we are lost
in bewildering turbulence. But close to the edge, where energy is high,
where movement, interaction, transformation, coupling and emergence
continually flow and tumble in unpredictable yet orderly living -- that's
the joyous place of life. That's where simple meets simple and builds toward
purposeful complexity. It's where we are spontaneous, adaptive and alive.
It's the scene of spontaneous emergence and where fractals flow.
The edge of chaos is home.
Joanna Poppink is an artist living and
working in West Los Angeles, CA U.S.A. Send your comments or questions
to her at firstname.lastname@example.org