A fractal is a scientific term describing a kind of pattern found in nature and art. They are patterns seen on a macro level that are maintained on the micro level as well, connecting smaller parts of an element to its whole. For years, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of connection. Connection with other people, God, ourselves, and the world around us. I believe that God used the same amounts of intention, materials, and attention to detail to create the wonders of the world around us—both large and small—as He did to create the inhabitants of that world. And because of that, I believe we as humans are intrinsically connected to it. “For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God.” (1 Corinthians 11:12)
I specifically wanted to focus on the divine connection that women have with the world around them. By using diptychs (which are spiritual in nature) to compare images of women to images of nature, I’ve brought to light the divine connections and patterns that are woven into our existence. I’ve used the aesthetic elements of form, color, and movement to draw connections and highlight those patterns. By comparing women to the beauty and wonder found in nature, I am commenting on female grace, power, creativity, and divinity—the origin of which is palpable.
Ruth is a graduating senior in Photography at BYU, and is receiving her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. She has studied digital photography, moving image/film, studio and location lighting, alternative photo processes with a focus on tintype photography, and film photography (35mm, medium format, and large format) including the developing and darkroom printing process.