With digital fractal art I explore and create dreamscapes and abstract compositions alike. Although I’ve seriously pursued art for the last decade, I got into IFS (iterated function set) fractaling about 5 years ago, aided by programs called Apophysis and Chaotica. I find I integrate my abstract painting style when creating, which compels me to eschew traditional hard-edged mathematical symmetry in favor of a more instinctual creative process that focuses on abstract beauty through organic textures and forms as might appear in nature – sometimes soft and sweeping, sometimes chaotic, very often defined first by color and then by chiaroscuro. But because I sometimes revisit my roots and do something highly structured, or partially structured, I like to think of my fractals as being in an “open style” – neither structured nor unstructured, but somewhere in between.
What I always hope to create are pieces that evoke wonder and lend serene pause.
BFA, University of North Texas
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
I am an artist living and working in Chelmsford, MA. My original art training was in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Although I still make jewelry, in 2013 I took a bookmaking class in which we learned monoprinting to create material for the pages of our books. I have never made another book, but I was thrilled with the monoprint process which is now my primary mode of expression.
I print using a plate I make with gelatin. My current plate is fairly large, 20″x30″, allowing me to work in a variety of scale. I love the immediacy, the bold use of color, and the challenge to balance control with intuition. Using color, texture, and composition, I strive to create abstract images that are intriguing and harmonious to the viewer.
Visit my website digmuse.com.
Email me at FrancesKillam at Yahoo.com