Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect is a blue collage painting I created to express the idea that small things can change the outcome of a situation. It’s a very interesting analogy for visualizing how intricately everything in our universe is connected.

This piece has been sold, but I hope you’ll check out similar work in my Collage and Book Arts Gallery. Or, contact me to commission something!

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You may be familiar with the concept of the ‘butterfly effect’, which is the title of this blue collage painting. It is, I think, a very interesting analogy for visualizing how intricately everything in our universe is connected. More and more new scientific studies are confirming this idea; it turns out that everything is connected at far deeper levels than we ever imagined. In a long but fascinating article on the Farnham Street website, it’s described like this:

“The butterfly effect is the idea that small things can have non-linear impacts on a complex system. The concept is imagined with a butterfly flapping its wings and causing a typhoon. Of course, a single act like the butterfly flapping its wings cannot cause a typhoon. Small events can, however, serve as catalysts that act on starting conditions.”

If you’re curious, you can read more about the ‘butterfly effect’ here. It’s meant to be an illustration of chaos theory, which was created/discovered by mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz. To summarize briefly, chaos theory says that predictions can’t be made unless you have a “perfect idea of initial conditions”. Notice, he was a meteorologist. Now we know why the weather predictions are often wrong!

Butterfly Effect is a blue collage painting I created to express the idea that small things can change the outcome of a situation. The engineering drawings bring a sense of order, but the flowers and butterfly contain symmetry and order as well. But meaning in art is in the eye of the beholder as they say. Whatever it means to you, I hope you’ll enjoy looking.

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