Interpreting the Fourth Dimension Through Ceramics
Jacob Jimerson ’20, Aiden Steinle ’20
Advisors: Fumiko Futamura, Professor of Mathematics, Ron Geibel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, and Melanie Hoag, Instructional Technologist
Ceramics is one of the oldest art forms and has been a means of expression for thousands of years. In recent years, the burgeoning field of 3D printing has begun to combine computer modeling with ceramics, creating a middle ground between science and art. 3D printing allows a precision in creating artwork that no human hand can achieve. At the same time, it allows us to create mathematical objects and better understand their properties. With the precision of 3D printing, we will create objects that make the concepts of four-dimensional geometry more approachable. These forms will then be incorporated into a sculptural work that uses its basis in math to investigate the spiritual quality of higher dimensions - their inaccessibility, our belief in their existence, and human attempts to conquer them. Salvador Dali’s 1954 painting Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) serves as a great example of art examining higher dimensions through a spiritual lens.