“Bubbles are emptiness _ a tiny cloud shielding a mathematical singularity,” Andrea Prosperetti writes, “Born from chance, a violent and brief life ending in the union with the nearly infinite.
”Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck was recently awarded the Abel Prize for her discovery of a phenomenon called “bubbling,”
"A bubble is the physical world’s solution for a mathematical challenge: to minimize a surface area — in this case, one that surrounds a prescribed volume of air. Nature is always seeking to optimize, to maximize gain at minimal cost in energy cost."
I am extrapolating this mathematical theory in my recent "Froth" series to apply to both a physical structural reality and a metaphysical phenomenon...as both a life giving force of nature - a primordial mud of bubbles - and a destructive event caused by climate change or natural disaster. "Froth" is also a metaphor for the constant flux and churn of our collective psychology and emotional ties to each other...a perpetually changing landscape it is our challenge to navigate.