Alex Benedict

fine art prints • photography


Sophie's Garden


This series of digital monotypes are my visual meditations on the working of finite groups. Though abstract, this concept is deeply embedded in human experience. For example a clock, whether analog or digital, uses cyclic arithmetic applied to time.  I was inspired by the work of the brilliant mathematician Marie-Sophie Germain (1776-1831). Her contributions to number theory advanced the branch of mathematics that investigates numbers at the most basic conceptual level.


I had an idea of Sophie's garden, where one senses the cyclic passage of seasons and the recurring creative work within those cycles. The seed of each image is a construct which juxtaposes memory and my emotional state. Through techniques of digital rendering and collage, an image grew and changed over many iterations until I felt it was ready to be printed.

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