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covariance artwork

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by libby No Comments


A covariance matrix contains the correlations between different random variables.  Covariance is, therefore, a well-suited title for the outcome of an art/science collaboration between artist Lyndall Phelps and particle physicist Ben Still.  The collaboration has lasted nine months, during which time Phelps and Still have found parallels in their respective research activities.  Like the famed particle accelerator CERN, which has millions of carefully placed components, Covariance is an installation comprised of hundreds of uniquely and intricately patterned perspex discs.  Covariance is promising to be a spectacular sight, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it presented this summer in a surprise London location.


Lyndall Phelps putting together the perspex discs: Image courtesy of the Superposition blog.

large overlapping circles

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013 by libby



like water waves from pebbles in a pond or diffraction patterns from light. Almost finished this first part of a new, large drawing.

some new work

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by libby


Coming soon: a series of new drawings inspired by the remarkable recent finding that quantum physics plays a role in photosynthesis


equations as art

Posted on: July 14th, 2013 by libby No Comments



I saw this photograph by Alejandro Guijarro in the Saatchi Gallery the other day. It is said to represent an Abstract Expressionist painting, due in part to the large gestural marks that occur when cleaning the board. I'm still undecided about it though...