Jana Kopfová

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Mathematical Institute of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic
Opava, Czech Republic
As a child, I dreamed to study mathematics and art. I became a professional mathematician and my love of art 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 my art creations. I love flowers and geometrical designs and playing with colours. Spirals, tilings and geometry are themes which continually inspire me.
Pentagonal Spirals
Pentagonal Spirals
20 x 40 x 1 cm
Silk painting
There are exactly 15 different pentagons which can be used to tile the plane. That is fascinating. Even more fascinating is that you can tile a plane with the same pentagons in such a way that spirals emerge. Both pieces are based on the same pentagonal tiling of the plane, each is coloured differently and on each you can observe different spirals. Actually are both really spirals? How do you define a spiral? Try to play with those provoking questions.