Molly K. Patton
Metallic Print, Acrylic
20 x 30cm
Upon closer inspection, aspects of how nature behaves, once considered random or chaotic,
have been found to possess hidden degrees of regularity known as: fractal patterns. These
self-replicating structures allow us to quantitatively study phenomena that previously, were
too convoluted to comprehend. Fractal geometries have been observed on a vast range of
scales, from the smallest snowflake, to the largest cosmological formation and provide a novel
perspective from which we might understand evolution.
The most obvious example of a fractal pattern is the snowflake. During its descent through
the atmosphere, the environmental conditions are such that the ice crystals form beautiful
needle-like structures that repeat the same pattern over and over.
In addition to snowflakes, fractal patterns have been identified in the fossil remains of small
organisms long since extinct which have been associated with similar structures of marine
organisms alive today. Hence, these fossilised fractals and their relationship with life today,
may provide insight into evolution and how life emerges on increasing scales; from
fundamental particles such as water, to small organisms and even the larger cosmos.