Wednesday February 1st 2017Tim
There's an idea in
Mathematics that goes by the name of Catastrophe Theory.
If you think of a system, the mathematics defines the
elements of the system and then describes or predicts
what happens to the system when it confronts an abrupt
change. Dali took an interest in the subject and he had
a whole series of drawings devoted to the theory. The
drawing that sticks is his drawing of a Swallow's Tail.
It was kind of
nice, I'm told the elements of the tail followed the
patterns described by the mathematics and there was a sense
that so long as those elements were there, the creature
could dart through the sky in ways that were wholly
unpredictable, and yet retain it's integrity as beautiful.
Entirely possible Dali had something completely different on
his mind, but don't we all.