Artist's complex ceramic sculptures are fractal inspired

Nuala O’Donovan
© Nuala O’Donovan

On an intuitive level, looking around at the complexity of the natural world, we know that we can learn much from observing the inherent patterns and forms found in nature. No wonder we are drawn to art that reveals some of these universal lessons, such as the compelling fractal geometries seen in the intricate ceramic forms made by Irish sculptor Nuala O’Donovan.

© Nuala O’Donovan

As a response to what she calls the "regularly irregular" patterns found in nature, the Cork-based artist creates these exquisite structures that mimic living organisms. She explains that she is following a kind of story being told by these patterns:

My decision to research patterns and forms from nature stemmed from my interest in the narrative quality of irregularities in patterns. The history behind a scarred or broken surface is what fascinates me. The evidence of a response to random events visible in patterns in nature, is testament to the ability of living organisms to recover, to respond, and to continue growing and changing. It is the imperfections in the patterns caused by a unique experience that are evidence of the life force in living organisms.

© Nuala O’Donovan
© Nuala O’Donovan

Some of these works recall marine life like corals or anenomes, but are actually inspired by self-similar repetitions of forms of the teasel flower.

© Nuala O’Donovan
© Nuala O’Donovan
© Nuala O’Donovan
© Nuala O’Donovan

Thanks to her dedication to materializing these ever-present fractal traces, O’Donovan's work evokes a sense of aliveness, belying the fact that it is merely fired clay. It's a marvelous artistic slight of hand that draws the viewer in closer, to decipher the hidden order of things. More over at Nuala O’Donovan.

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