Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0086, August 3, 2015


Creatures of Chaos

     How can we create something completely new? "Are you asking me?" asks Prickles, the hedgehog I live with and my sincerest critic. Yes, but it's a rhetorical question and the answer is we can't. "We can't?" she is not convinced. No, because as long as we act as our individual selves anything we create bears the stamp of our personality and our conscious intention. It is a more or less predictable product of established habits and beliefs, unpredictable only to the extent that errors or accidents introduce unintentional deviations from the creator's vision.

     "Aha," says Prickles who is very bright and can count to three, "so to create something new you just step back and leave it to chance." Pretty much, but there is one more step required. "And that is?" prompts Prickles. We must recognize the value of what has been created and that may not be obvious. In fact, it never is. Can't be - it is new and strange and at first we don't know what to make of it. Our contribution to the creative process is the discovery and demonstration of the value of the New Thing, which is a random creature of chaos though perhaps with a little assistance of intentional fudging either to make the process more efficient or to skew it toward producing certain specific kinds of results, i.e. cheating. Which is not only allowable but in art, science and war actually necessary).

     Herewith three variations on a theme of creating chaos by enlarging a digital image to the point where individual pixels are as large as shoes or cabbages and the boundaries between them become indefinite. These are Prickles' favorites from among many of the same ilk.

Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

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