This April Gallery North will host “Resurrection Inventions,” the vivid photography and bold fractal designs of resident artist Anne Prather. The show will run from April 1st through the 30th and include a wide variety of photographic subjects as well as unique and colorful computer-generated two-dimensional artwork.
Anne, who is legally blind, underwent cataract surgery and regained partial vision in one eye. She was then able to see textures and became fascinated with them. This fascination is reflected in her richly textured photographs of mountains, plants, and flowers.
Anne’s interest in fractal design came from her career as a botanist and quantitative geneticist. She became intrigued with graphs and fractal images where one shape is repeated infinitely as its size diminishes. “It’s like a spiral in a spiral in a spiral and so on to infinity. I wanted to know if I could create this type of design using a computer program,” said Anne. Success came with the software Xenodream which Anne uses to produce her stunning fractal images.
Anne’s art career was temporarily halted in 2015 as she battled breast cancer.
“Doing battle with a life-threatening illness brought a whole new perspective to my art. Some images stand this test well. Others, having lain dormant for years, gain new life—resurrection of a sort. Still others yearn to burst dimensional boundaries to become something new.” — Anne Prather
When Anne returned, she discovered the wonder of incorporating her digital fractals into different media. Her work now includes glass paperweights with those designs fixed to base. Anne’s dynamic designs seem to pop out and magically move under the paperweight’s magnifying dome.