Mike Naylor

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
Trondheim, Norway

My artwork currently focuses on imagining and expressing mathematical forms and ideas with the human body.

Melt into you
4 frames, 12" x 12" each
Digital Prints

"Melt into you" is a series of 4 prints depicting the mathematical voyage of two figures which blend into one. The work is an example of the Droste effect, a recursive artistic effect in which a picture contains a smaller version of itself. It is named for Droste cocoa power, a Dutch chocolate product that in 1900 featured on its packaging a picture of nurse holding a package of the cocoa, which has a picture of the nurse holding a package of cocoa, and so on.

"Melt into you" starts with an image of 2 people, which is transformed by a uniform radial scaling of the image and then joined to a similar copy of itself. The effect is then enhanced by applying fractal algorithms to achieve successively surreal effects.