Abstract Reality

Written by Gayane Arushanian

24 December 2023

Essay and artworks by Gayane Arushanian

Does reality echo the chaos of our thoughts? Do we become like nature in order to create nature? In what reality do objects, boundaries, signs, and natural phenomena exist? What do the wind, sun, water, and fire look like?

An infinite number of questions and one science has allowed us to understand the interconnection—higher mathematics. Infinite connections and something that defies science—feelings. An infinity of feelings and only one art with no boundaries. 

How does higher mathematics explain and connect seemingly unconnected things? In fact, everything that higher mathematics describes is a reflection of our reality. Every formula has a connection to natural and economic phenomena, to programming, and to coding. Programming can also be called a system of naming some images from reality that surround us from childhood. So we get arrays of data in our head that link the verbal to the visual.

Essentially, math describes any collection of data in our heads. Even more precisely, any data collection obeys the rules in higher math. The only thing that can’t be described is how we feel. How are we attracted to this or that abstraction? Why do our brains react differently to different patches of color in an abstract painting? There are descriptions for this in math, too. One of them can be called factorials. The formula of factorials is nothing but a study of the influence of one parameter on the final result. Depending on the value (or magnitude) of each parameter, the result can change. If ever in a person’s life any of the parameters – color, plot, theme (which is an array of initial data), has already influenced them, the greater the value and significance of each parameter, which is determined by feelings, the higher the result, that the abstract will affect the viewer as a whole more. 

The images in our reality affect us and higher math describes this. We call what we see reality, and what we have never seen abstraction. So in theory, can abstraction be reality? In practice, we can create abstraction in the material world, but then it will immediately become reality. 

Realism is limited to what our eyes can see. We can see nature around us, and human-created things that started as ideas in someone’s head. Architecture, cars, networks, clothes… Is this reality realistic because it once existed in someone’s head? No, it is realistic because it was created. Nothing but nature is an absolute reality.  

Humans are trained in such a way that an image corresponds to a word, an action corresponds to a word. If the word is absent from your data set, the image is called an abstraction. Abstraction—this is simply a word for all images that have not received any name. 

You can find more information about Gayane and her work on gayanearushanian.com.