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Chapter 17: Science within the Art > AESTHETICS APPLIED - Pg. 310

Science within the Art AESTHETICS APPLIED "The Elements in Golden Ratio" I have always been fascinated by images of nature that embody an abstract and fractal quality, and I often use these sorts of images as backgrounds for my figurative collages. When I started studying the Golden Ratio in the late 1990s, I developed an approach for collage creation that combined abstract and fractal-like images of nature from various size scales using sets of Golden pro- portional squares, GRs, 5 rectangles and other combinations of Golden polygons. The images were arranged in a manner more associated with flat pattern design, tiling, and quilting rather than my previous figurative collages, so I called this work process the collage of backgrounds (Craft, 2010b). The formal aesthetics behind the collage of inner necessity. Assuming I do my job as an artist working in a nonpersonal meditative state, my work may have claritas and function as proper art. The Classical Elements While involved in the process of digitizing my pho- tographic film and slide stock in 2002, I realized that my image selections had been unconsciously following the themes of the classical elements earth, air, fire, and water. This was the inspiration that led me to create a series of collages using the collage of backgrounds based on the classical ele- ments called The Elements in Golden Ratio (the Elements series) (Craft 2010a). I can remember being taught in the 1960s that the ancient concept of the elements was a silly or foolish idea, especially considering that we moderns have the scientific quantum model of the atom and the periodic table of the elements. This