I created this artwork last year as part of my year 12 assessment in Art. It shows the correlation between nature and mathematics, specifically the Fibonacci sequence. Each number in the Fibonacci sequence is determined by adding the previous two numbers, (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on), and through this, a spiral can be created (see image below). These numbers and the spiral are quite common in nature, for example the number of petals on a rose, or the spiral of a shell.
In my Art class, I chose to focus on nature and how it can seem magical. This is conveyed through how, in my opinion, there are magical connections between completely different natural objects, such as shells, sunflowers and pinecones. Some of these connections can be explained with science, but I like to believe this is a natural form of magic. Roald Dahl said, “those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” and, through my artwork, I’m trying to show that there is magic in nature if you want to believe that it’s magic. The artwork has Roald Dahl’s quote as the title, because I like the quote, I’m not very good with words, so using other people’s words is usually the best option, and quotes inspire me.
For this artwork, I painted all the objects separately with acrylic paint, and then cut them out and glued them onto the backing board. The main reason that I painted them separately was because I’m not that confident with my painting abilities, and I was worried that I’d make a mistake, wouldn’t be able to fix it, and the whole painting would be ruined. Honestly, this is a bit weird, because cutting paper is my preferred technique, and that’s even harder to fix than painting, but, apparently, my brain isn’t as logical as I thought.
The Fibonacci sequence is referenced throughout the artwork, not just in the number of petals and spirals. The number of objects follows the sequence (1 pineapple, 1 sunflower, 2 roses, 3 pinecones, 5 daisies and 8 shells), the objects are arranged in a similar shape to the Fibonacci spiral (see image below), the vase is the shape of the outside curves of two spirals and some of the numbers in the sequence are on the vase.
I never particularly liked maths at school, but I do appreciate how it can be used to explain and create connections between completely different things. If you want to know more about the Fibonacci sequence and nature, or you don’t understand how I explained it, I suggest you watch Vihart’s video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahXIMUkSXX0 , I find it very interesting and the slugcats are adorable.