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"Shield 1," by Kerry Mitchell (Phoenix, AZ)

Digital print on aluminum panel, 40 x 40 cm, 2014

My work is composed primarily of computer generated, mathematically-inspired, abstract images. I draw from the areas of geometry, fractals and numerical analysis, and combine them with image processing technology. This image was created using a dynamic version of the Chaos Game algorithm. The Chaos Game is a simple example illustrating chaotic motion and strange attractors. It is typically implemented using three anchor points, which become the vertices of a Sierpinski triangle. The Dynamic Chaos Game allows the anchor points to move each iteration. Here, the image comprises seven panels. In each, the three anchor points slid along line segments, with different speeds. The pixels were then colored according how frequently that point was visited during the iteration. --- Kerry Mitchell

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American Mathematical Society