# Kaz Maslanka

"As a mathematical visual poet, my interest in correlating experience through language spawned my desire to study mathematics and physics. Over the last 34 years I have been pursuing my interest in using mathematics as a language for poetry. Mixing poetics in the structure of mathematics equations as well as visual poetry/art enables me to blend the aesthetics of art, poetry, science and mathematics. With phrases embedded in the mathematics equations, one can construct relationships between those phrases that can bring a linguistic richness to subjects that normally would not use mathematics as a language, e.g. political, cultural, spiritual, etc.

This piece is a mathematical visual poem which conflates the value
of the legend of Isaac Newton’s Apple with the value of the
Biblical story describing the fall of mankind. This conflation
takes place across a 5 dimensional space-mapping of metaphors
related to these 2 stories. The metaphorical concepts are related
to the creative force of negentropy by being mapped into Newton’s
gravitational equation. I built the mythological image from
multiple photos that I took and edited.

I personally categorize this type of mathematical visual poem as a
“Mathematical Paradigm Poem” whereby concepts are mapped into an
existing equation from applied mathematics/science. I also
juxtaposed these lexical/mathematical metaphors with visual
metaphors.