Barry Biesanz

What are the bowls about? Fractals and attention.
This will take some background... I take as a given that all things are connected, making a complex pattern out of simple elements that are linked on many levels, most of which are not perceptible, and some which call for a higher level of development of the perceiver. I am not there, by the way!
But I do look for shapes which reflect another level, think of the Neo-platonic idea that all that is relative in this world exists also in a perfect, Absolute form. Fractals are natural patterns that repeat on different levels: the jagged edges of grains of sand, and a mountain range. When I make a good curve on a bowl and it breaks, each part still has a nice curve. The graph expression of a fractal equation is a beautiful curve, and I think of the curves as expressing, cal it a fractal equation, or An Underlying Truth. Hogarth talked of the Line of Beauty, though what he drew was awful, but he was thinking about something along these lines, I think. When I'm turning, it's not about me, it's about the piece, and the attention and time it needs. And I set aside the fear of breaking it or getting hurt. There is a Sufi tradition that objects made with attention retain a certain virtue, baraka, as a result. Wood, wool, brass, and clay are thought (or perceived!) to be especially suitable for this. 

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