Digital photographs combined with fractal patterns
Featured Artist Carol Pflughoeft
Arriva, Digital by Carol Pflughoeft
Fractals are created with Ultra Fractal on a computer by selecting and manipulating specialized mathematical formulas to affect a starting image called a “Mandelbrot”. Under Carol’s direction, her computer performs millions of calculations based on decisions she makes within the program. Shapes, textures, colors and patterns change on screen as a result of her decisions. More often than not, this process produces visual chaos rather than beautiful or interesting compositions so much patience is required to coax pleasing images out of the multi-layered, complex files.
Carol’s Photoshop expertise led her to experiment with layering fractal images with her digital photography. Playing with the interactions of multiple layers, she manipulates files until satisfied with a final image. Creating pieces with the right mix of realism and abstraction can take her months or years to resolve.
When Carol started exhibiting her work in 2009, she joined her husband, abstract artist Mark Pflughoeft, in participating in art fairs in Illinois and Wisconsin. (continued on page 8)
Her work quickly attracted attention and awards, including two “Best of Shows”.
Carol outputs files as signed and numbered limited edition prints on fine art paper using her Epson 3880 printer, and also designs larger custom-sized pieces on canvas. More of her work can be seen online at: www.carolpflughoeft.com.
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