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Experiment with Entropy Brushes

I dedicated this project to all that helped me escape the claws of entropy and showed me new ways, which I creatively used to organize new connections that ended in this project. Considering that the lives of many are so complex and the challenges that they face are immeasurable I acclaim the thinkers that do not consider only the straight lines but are able to see ahead of present circumstances and find diamonds where other see stones.

Entropy is a fascinating process of destruction from a construction of a shape that can be found in any energy process, including life, from the action of a structural theme (anabolic tendency) and tension reduction tendency (ordering). The catabolic destruction (entropy) is a rich theme for inquiry and can lead to many interesting conclusions, therefore I proposed to research it and experiment with it. I tried to answer the following questions:

Can entropy be a simple process of destruction or is in itself also construction?
Do these processes of construction and destruction have a deep connection?
How do they interact and can be described in Art?

Thus I created a visual experiment of Entropy, self-explanatory and inspiring, inviting the spectator to think about the process of construction but also destruction, making him or her aware of the relation in between the two.

By digitally experimenting with brushes and patterns taken from images and research I created digital images that I printed on transparent paper, then glued to a Perspex acrylic structure.
Experiment with Entropy Brushes

How was it achieved?

First I used the unicellular radiolaria shapes as brushes, patterns, and the symbol tool under a structural shape (a structural theme) and observed the effect. I manipulated the destruction of shape later on using the symbol scruncher and shifter tool. I then superimposed the several phases from original form to final process.

In a second experiment, I boiled some water and took photos while the water boiled, progressing into a state of entropy. It is interesting to notice that in reality there is a structural theme gaining shape in the water, imposed by the direction of the heat, the container, and all the other visible and invisible elements.

I later on abandoned my first experiment based on the unicellular radiolaria and instead selected patches of texture from the photos of my experiment with the boiling water. From each phase, I took the best examples of destruction and construction of a shape which I transformed in brushes. I then used the paintbrush tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a process of entropy, where we first encounter order and structure and a recognizable shape, until we can observe final destruction.

By creating digital images that explained the entropy process I then created Perspex acrylic structures and printed posters where it is possible to observe each single phase of a particular process that can lead to entropy. Taking inspiration from the artists Mario David Fischer, Kashya Hildebrand and the stained glasses of Ely Cathedral in the UK, I have created amazing artworks with surprising outcomes.

This proposed research has brought me new conclusions on hidden concepts and images that seem to come out of the observation of these digital images, instigating me to think that our own thinking mental process is also a constant process of entropy itself. I also discovered new practices and techniques for creating innovative digital images.

This research was based among other elements on the following books and materials:

Discover Entropy and the Second Law  of Thermodynamics
A Playful Way of Discovering a Law of Nature
Arieh Ben-Naim, World Scientific, 2010

Entropy theory of aging systems humans, corporations, and the universe
Daniel Hershey, Singapore ; London : World Scientific, 2009

Entropy and Art
An Essay on Disorder and Order

Rudolf Arnheim, University Of California Press, Berkeley - Los Angeles - London, 1971

o la revuelta poética
Joan Brossa, Fundació Joan Miró, 2001

Want to read my research study?
Please contact Estela Gaspar at and request a copy of my Research Project Entropy Book. Copyright belongs to Estela Maria Janela Gaspar and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Attention is drawn to the fact that copyright of this Project rests with:
(i) Anglia Ruskin University for one year and thereafter with
(ii) Estela Maria Janela Gaspar

This copy of the Project has been supplied on condition that anyone who consults it is bound by copyright. This work may (i) be made available for consultation within Anglia Ruskin University Library or (ii) be lent to other libraries for the purpose of consultation or may be photocopied for such purposes.
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