Jana Kopfová

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Mathematical Institute of the Silesian University Opava, Czech Republic
Opava, Czech Republic

As a child, I dreamed to study mathematics and arts. I became a profesional mathematician and my love of arts is my hobby.

I am trying to spread the beauty of Mathematics through all what I do - through my lectures, through math circles to high school students, through animated movies about Math, which I helped to create, and lately also through Silk paintings. I love flowers and geometrical designs and playing with the technique a colors.

Pentagonal play
Pentagonal play
60 x 100 x 1 cm
paint on silk, 15 squares

15 possible pentagonal tilings of the plane, work inspired by 2018 Bridges talk by Doris Schattschneider. Each square has a different color combination, pentagons oriented in the same way are always the same color shade, giving the impression how the tilling is complicated. Also as the play with colors together with nature motives, especially spirals, are my favorite expressions, spirals emphasize the geometry of the tilings but also transform the purely geometric design into one more natural. The work combines mathematics and nature, the hidden precise geometry is sometimes interrupted. You are invited to look for irregularities and also to arrange the squares in different positions, play with it as a color puzzle.