Clayton Shonkwiler

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

I am inspired by the beautiful mathematics that arise in my research and teaching. Whereas in research the challenge is often to translate intuition into new and useful mathematics, with my art the goal is very nearly the opposite: to translate known mathematics into (aesthetically pleasing) intuition.

50 x 50 cm
Digital Print

This ternary graph is a part of a fractal in which each edge terminates in three new edges. Somewhat unusually, the daughter edges are longer than the parent edge. Fortunately, the symmetry of the construction causes many edges to overlap, creating a deceptively simple view of a relatively complicated object.