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Vienna Forrester

About the Artist

Vienna trained as an heraldic artist and spent many years producing corporate and civic heraldry. She later went on to produce commercial work such as portraits, illustration and wildlife art and had works commissioned by clients in the UK, United States of America, Spain, Greece and Africa.

Preparing for the first solo exhibition

Vienna's interest in and observation of patterns in the natural world has led to her work with fractals. The evolution and increasing popularity of technology based art using PC's, Tablets and digital cameras, has inspired a wealth of creative ideas.

Her unusual approach to image making results in vigorous, explosive colour formations; using latitude and longitude and the time/date stamp from her digital photographs as integers to produce fractals which are further manipulated to represent aspects of place and recollection.

"Recording, Recurring, Reflecting"
fractal art exhibition, 2013

Her work has been described as "stunning", "vivid and attention grabbing" and "beautiful, mysterious and metamorphic". She has shown work in various juried exhibitions, including the Ferens Open but held her first and very successful solo show at the Artlink Centre for Community Arts In Hull in 2013. Her second solo show, at Artlandish Gallery, was extended by two weeks due to demand.

In 2014, Vienna held her first international solo exhibition at the prestigious Ionian Centre for the Arts and Culture during their "Stone Kingdom" International Arts Festival.

About the Fractal Art

Maths mimics Nature - An underwater reef
"Reef Jellies"
© Vienna Forrester, 2012

Research has indicated that viewing a specific type of fractal art has a positive effect on the mind. Using skin conductance and electro-encephalography has revealed that exposure to these fractals can reduce our stress levels by as much as 60%. The reduction is thought to be triggered by a physiological resonance that ocurrs when the fractal structure of the eye matches that of the fractal image being viewed.

"Stormy Sky"
© Vienna Forrester, 2013

Fractal art can take the form of vibrant abstract shapes, intricate finely detailed patterns or flowing organic vistas. The similarity to life-forms and naturally ocurring phenomena such as river deltas, mountain ranges and clouds can be uncanny.

The level of detail in fractal art is incredible. A single art work, depending on the complexity of the image, can sometimes take days for a computer to render, but the results are spectacular. Colours are pure and give enormous depth to each piece.