An exhibit of images created by mathematician Rosalie Wheeler opens Friday, April 18, and will remain on display through May 30 at O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Center Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368.
Rosalie Wheeler, a data scientist who holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, is a new artist whose passion for mathematics carries over into her colorful, kaleidoscope-like images of fluorite (a gemstone), roses, pansies, seeds, lily pads, a Florida sunset, and Seattle’s sea and sky.
“A few years ago I began incorporating photography and painting into my artwork,” said Wheeler. “I’ve always loved symmetry and patterns. I started looking at mathematical equations.” For example, in looking at a pool of lily pads, “I thought about the round green shapes in the dark pool of water and wanted to experiment. I took a set of equations and added texture to the photograph and adjusted the colors. I wanted to create contrast between the round shapes and the sharp precise edges of the equation lines.” In composing “Roses,” she began with her original photo of a rose with perfect petals. “I wanted to create the effect of a distorted bouquet,” she said. “The math was a wave transformation. I love the bright colors surrounded by the dark colors.”
Cultural Arts Gallery admission is free, and the artwork can be viewed at the following times (except for Memorial Day, May 26, when hours will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.):
- 5:15 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 5:15 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays
- 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays
Directions: On Highway K in south O’Fallon, turn west onto Waterford Crossing Drive at the traffic light, then left on Tri Sports Drive, and take the first right onto Tri Sports Circle. For more information, call 636-474-2732.