the fractal tree patterns observed at different magnifications
don't repeat exactly, they have similar visual characteristics.
1999, Professor Richard Taylor and his research team published
the results of their scientific analysis that showed Pollock's
dripped patterns to be fractal. Fractals consist of patterns
which recur at finer and finer magnifications, building
up shapes of immense complexity. Significantly, fractals
are the basic building blocks of nature's scenery (for
example, lightning, clouds, mountains and trees), earning
the fractal the dramatic title of "the fingerprint of God".
The eye-catching intricacy of even the most common fractal
patterns, such as the tree shown in the left-hand figure,
contrasts sharply with the simplicity of traditional man-made
shapes such as circles, triangles and squares.
identification of fractals within his infamous swirls of
dripped paint completely rewrites the Pollock story.
by Taylor as "Fractal Expressionism," Pollock distilled
the essence of natural scenery and expressed it on his canvases
with an unmatched directness. By adopting nature's pattern
generation processes, the resulting paintings didn't mimic
nature but instead stood as examples of nature. The figures
below compare Pollock's fractals to those found in nature.
Remarkably, the analysis revealed a highly systematic fractal
painting process perfected by Pollock over ten years.