WORKS – Teasel Series by Nuala O’Donovan

In ALL, WORKS by Julia Krolik

Nuala O’Donovan is a Cork City, Ireland based artist. Inspired by patterns found in nature, she creates stunning works which combine nature’s intricacy with rigidity of ceramics. In her artist statement she writes:

“I have used the characteristics of irregular/fractal patterns in nature as a system of constraints or guidelines when making decisions about the forms: The patterns are regularly irregular. The patterns and form are self-similar. The pattern records a response to random events during the making process. The result of using the characteristics of fractal geometry in making decisions regarding the form of the sculptural pieces, is that the form is resolved but retains a sense of potential change.”

In her work Teasel Series, O’Donovan draws inspiration from botany, studying the patterns of the teasel flower.

“These pieces uses a regular pattern based on the teasel flower. The form is a result of allowing the irregularities in the handmade work to influence the direction that the pattern and shape followed.” – Nuala O’ Donovan

Photography by Sylvain Deleu.

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Julia Krolik

Julia helps SciArt through Art the Science, wrangles data and makes SciArt through Pixels and Plans. She speaks passionately about the importance of visual communication in information sharing. She lives by this quote: "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." - Francis Bacon | Twitter: @yuliakrolik