Jean Constant

Researcher
Hermay NM
Santa Fe, NM
A colleague once told me I belong to this odd category called Nature artists. Mathematics, in particular topology, inspires my work that depicts invisible elements of Nature that are fundamental to our reality.

The abstract dimension of Mathematics, based on the exploration of existing, repeatable facts, is an endless source of fascination for me. What some believe constitutes a world onto itself written in so many equations actually describes an environment we hardly can perceive or comprehend – and yet explains our tangible reality.

My training in visual communication helps me connect this wonderful journey of discovery with many to convey the unexpected pleasure of a shared environment.
Schwarz surface
60 x 60 cm
Mixed media ink
2021

Discovered by Hermann Schwarz in the late 1800s, this triply periodic minimal surface is done according to two principles:

-  If part of the boundary of a minimal surface is a straight line, then the reflection across the line, when added to the original surface, makes another minimal surface.

-  If a minimal surface meets a plane at right angles, then the mirror image of the plane, when added to the original surface, also makes a minimal surface.


Pseudospherical surfaces
60 x 60 cm
Mixed media ink
2021

Breathers are parametric non linear waves equations. Like most sound-waves, they can hardly be seen or perceived. Their existence was made very tangible visually using the work of mathematicians such as Schrödinger, and later Dini, and Kuen.