1998 this collection of works has continuously grown
to include well over 700 images, which in reality is but a
tiny fraction of the actual number of fractals I have
created and explored over the years. Each image is the end
result of a journey into the realms of infinitely diverse
possibilities of mathematically based imagery.
interested in making fractals after discovering Meta Creation's newly released
Photoshop plug-in filter called KPT5 Fraxflame in 1998. At first glance
it looked like just another special
effects plug-in but after trying it out I very quickly realized that
much more than that. Much like a portal, it allowed you to enter a
mysterious world of IFS (Iterated Functions Systems) or flame*
fractal imagery and discover previously unexplored visual territories.
Since my earliest paintings
and drawings, natural patterns and forms and the relationships between
them have been at the core of my artistic inspiration. I was
immediately intrigued by the organic quality of forms I was able to
obtain by using this program.
interest to me was the fact that with this tool I was able to build up a
whole vocabulary of fractal forms that mimic many shapes found in nature
- such as clouds, trees, leaves, mollusks, flowers, lightning, etc. - and began to
construct whole landscapes collaged entirely from my fractal renderings.
This fit in well with my previous interest in natural forms and
functions and the depiction of their formal relationships in my
paintings and sculptures.
From these composite fractal landscapes (1998
- 1999) was born the name "Fractal World Gallery".
early 2004 I became aware of a newer fractal flame open-source Windows
based program called Apophysis, originally developed by Mark Townsend
from Scott Draves' original DOS based flam3 open source code. Since then
it has become my main fractal tool although I occasionally try out other
This year I've had
an interesting development - one of my pieces, 'Dreamtime
Persistence' had been chosen as a 2007 winner in the Benoit
Mandelbrot Fractal Art competition, It will be shown in Spain this
November alongside 14 other winning pieces that were picked from around the
world by a selection panel - of which Benoit Mandelbrot is The
Honorary Chairman. Needless to say I am very excited about being a
part of this exhibition.
~ Cory Ench