Math at the Service of Meaning: Links Between Geometry, Mythology, and Philosophy in Mosaic Art

Irene Rousseau
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (1999)
Pages 111–122


Through mosaic art we find a link between geometry, mythology, and philosophy. The tessellated patterns of mosaic art have been expressed as: Narrative, Experience, Humanism, Intellect, Ambiguity and Paradox. The creative impulse which responds to a "Zeitgeist" (particular inflection at a given time of a universal energy) links art, mathematics, and science. The energy is common to the experiential (intuitive) and conceptual (analytical) data. As a sculptor of mosaic art in this digital age my interest is in spatial ambiguity and paradox.