Despite having died before chaos and fractals were even discovered, Jackson Pollock apparently made use of them in his work. ‘Rather than mimicking nature, he adopted its language – fractals – to build his own patterns’ is the claim made in the article Can Science Be Used To Further Our Understanding Of Art? ‘Chaotic drip system,’ ‘fractal displacement,’ ‘paint trajectories.’ I love this stuff. It’s highly unlikely, the article suggests, that Pollock understood the fractals he was painting. That’s the part I like: it was unconscious. He found the patterns by tuning into something bigger than him, by perfecting a technique to capture the unknowable. That’s art.