Nautilus Universe

The spiral is the most intriguing and inspiring motif for me. In particular, the shape of the nautilus shell expresses the energy of the universe in an architectural form, and always makes me think about the ways in which this energy is at work on Earth. In this experimental work of art, I used digital enhancement to visually present my sense of the flow of energy within this shell. Doing so, allowed me to once again glimpse a tiny universe. 

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My quest for digital art based on photo material naturally started.
Photographs capture reality as an image, but their imagination was stimulated, and I wanted to embody that image more freely.
To that end, it was only natural to use an abstract method for digital as an extension of the digital darkroom.

The spiral motif has caught me since I was young.
Ammonites and swirling patterns that appear in Japanese flame Jomon pottery seem to be one of the grand rules that dominate the universe.
From a more bird's-eye view, the rotation and orbit of the planets are moving while swirling through outer space.
Did ancient humans sense and experience it, so did they draw it on tools, bedrock, and cave murals?
No, maybe they were too sensually real and couldn't help but draw.

Inside the shape of a nautilus, rooms that are thinly divided like cells according to the golden rule and logarithmic spiral are connected like a spiral staircase, my imagination is invited beyond time and eternity.
For me, it's one of the most familiar universe motifs and I never get tired of seeing it.

In this series, I used the shape of a nautilus as a motif to try to describe the collision of stars in the outer space, the solar flare, and the attempt to merge with the roots of trees that dive into the earth's soil.
For some reason the image evolves year by year, so I am looking forward to the change.

                                                                                                               - Eriko Kaniwa

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