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    Schizophrenic fractalcats of the early 20th century.
    There's this man named Louis Wain, who lived back in a time before computers, before mathematical fractal art, and in a time where postcards were tip-top twenty three skidoo and stuff like that. In the late 1800's/early 1900's, Wain became famous for his whimsical pictures of cats on postcards. He started drawing them for his dying wife and it soon became a way of life for him, becoming fairly famous in his time.

    However, Wain also was not very good with interacting with commonly-agreed upon perceptions of reality due to a slow, late-in-life onset of schizophrenia. Later in life he landed in Bedlam, the famous mental institution of London. His art is often used as an example in university psychology classes of how people's perceptions (As reflected in his art) change through some forms of the mental illness, and to show the possible link between toxoplasmosis infections (Worms in cat poop that you probably have breathed in/contracted at one point in your life) and schizophrenia. His images post-onset of mental illness are fairly resemblant of the fractals, dharmic religious art, and psychedelic art of the past and future of his time. Here I'll assemble a bit of a gallery of this wonderful artist's works, and some links explaining more of the story of Louis Wain.

    "I wonder whether fractal images are not touching the very structure of our brains. Is there a clue in the infinitely regressing character of such images that illuminates our perception of art? Could it be that a fractal image is of such extraordinary richness, that it is bound to resonate with our neuronal circuits and stimulate the pleasure I infer we all feel?" (P. W. Atkins)  [en español, yo visitar chile y argentina por uno y media meses ahora :) ]

    Innocent enough.

    "Entrenched" but "Safe from match-making maniacs—Hull o you Girls!

    Things start to get more interesting around here...And then things start kicking in full-force.

    And a montage video to wrap it up.

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    pointlessjon     Fri, Jan 11, 2008  Permanent link
    made me think about how i hope this is somewhat like how death will be. not physically dying so much as the death of consciousness... if that even makes sense. i mean, sometimes i imagine that at the moment that you die, your consciousness is almost instantly morphed from this limited, orderly, controlled state to this liberated, infinite sort-of oneness with the universe, and if visualized, if even possible, would appear a lot like how louis' drawings change...
    Renazzle     Tue, Jan 15, 2008  Permanent link
    Thanks for sharing. I loved reading this. It is amazing how intense and vivid his art became as his mental health got worse. I am curious about the link between toxoplasmosis and schizophrenia. I will be researching this tonight.
    Olena     Fri, Sep 18, 2009  Permanent link
    dmitri I've just realized why I mistook seeing these cats before in relation to something about LSD - I remember now that it WAS indeed the same cats, but you were right, it didn't have to do with LSD at all but actually with schizophrenia as you mention herein.

    Glad that you've collected all these. Thanks.
         Fri, Sep 18, 2009  Permanent link
    Hahaha, for sure. It's interesting how easy it is to make that mistake though, I think!