Uncertainty of Structure, Quantity, and Space as our Reality

Irene Rousseau
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 567–570 Short Papers


As an artist and non-mathematician, my description of the concept of uncertainty and flux is an artistic expression. It relates to the use of color and luminance or brightness, as well as the structural design in my paintings. The three paintings I have created use hand drawn tiling patterns, (not computer generated). They demonstrate different methods of achieving the state of visual uncertainty and flux, that I experience as my reality. What is reality? How do we form our judgments? How can reality be represented, given our different backgrounds in mathematics, science and art? The creative impulse has inspired artists and mathematicians to confront the universal question about reality. Mathematics and art are related in that they both present a view of aspects of the structural order of reality manifested in our environment or the universe. Yet, they speak a different non-verbal language and seek it through different lenses.