Michael Sussna

“Keyboard Gourds”

Pigment print, 20" x 24", 2004.

Created entirely with Ultra Fractal. Base formula = Centiolier, Outside coloring formula = Doodads. Both the form and the color/texture layers use Centiolier and Doodads.

Michael Sussna, Ph.D., Freelance artist

"Many traditional artists have embraced computer graphics to enhance representational depiction. Other digital artisans have employed these new capabilities to create previously unimagined visual abstractions. The variety of both the potential imagery and the virtual equipment for manipulating it is in effect inexhaustible. Fractal imagery is a relatively young yet already rich field. Though different from traditional art, this digital medium demands a well-developed esthetic sense. Mastery of an ever-evolving toolset permits results perfecting form, color, texture, and composition.

I explore undiscovered worlds of exotic scenery filled with exquisite shapes in colorful profusion. This journey into the wilds of magical fractal imagery is made possible by and is a reflection of the beauty of mathematics. These intricate designs serve as snapshots capturing panoramas from the limitless uncharted realms of inner space and often feature spirals speaking spiritually to us of infinity. I call my geometric yet organic results 'photoreal abstracts.'"


Other works by the artist

“Beckoning Beacon”

Pigment print, 20" x 24", 2006.

Created entirely with Ultra Fractal. Base formula = Swanson, which uses a cosine squaring. Outside coloring formula = S. F. B. M. II., which incorporates convolution. A texture layer applies S. F. B. M. II. to the Pixel base formula.

“Reef Relief”

Pigment print, 20" x 24", 2007.

Created entirely with Ultra Fractal. Base formula = Sierpinksi i Triangle, Julia. Outside coloring formula = Gnarly Orbit Trap, Dist. Method. Additional color and texture layers use Banana applied to Pixel, and S.F.B.M. II applied to Modified BarneySet, with a number of transformation (mapping) formulas also applied in the process.