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"Jose, " by So Yoon Lym (Paterson, NJ)

22" x 30", acrylic on paper, archival pigment print, 2009

"The Dreamtime is inspired by the Aboriginal stories and visions of creation. Each braided pattern, carried by the students, is a map of the ancient universe, a topographical palimpsest of the world in pattern: valleys, mountains, forests, oceans, rivers, streams. "

The link to Dr. Ron Eglash's website on cornrow hair-braiding best details the mathematic content behind my hair and braid paintings. Professor Eglash's website called "Transformational geometry and iteration in cornrow hairstyles" outlines one aspect of his research in ethno-mathematics and cybernetics. Ethnomathematics "aims to study the diverse relationship between math and culture." More information: --- So Yoon (

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