Blending math and art

Apr 9th, 2009 | By | Category: April 9, 2009, Arts & Entertainment, Issue

Pi Mu Epsilon lecturer explores symmetry in design

Artist Gwen Fisher will discuss melding mathematics into her artwork when she delivers the second annual Pi Mu Epsilon lecture, 5 p.m. April 9 in 115 Avery Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fisher is a professor at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo. The lecture, “Visualizing Symmetry: How I Use Symmetry Groups in My Art,” will explore how Fisher uses art as a means to present complex mathematical ideas in visual forms. She is keenly interested in the intersection of mathematics and visual art, creating quilts, beads, and watercolors.

Some of her quilts are exhibited at the Mathematical Science Research Institute, in Berkely, Calif., and available online at

Fisher has been a contributor and editor for several math and art publications.

Fisher art
ART AND SYMMETRY – Pictured is artist Gwen Fisher’s “Bat Country Sunsent.” Bat Country is a 22-foot-tall tetrahedron made of softballs and alumninum bats. It was built for Burning Man 2008. At top is beadwork by Fisher. Courtesy photo/IANR News Service.
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