Thomas Lloyd


Huh? A typical reaction of mine when I encounter conformal field theory (CFT). A CFT is a mathematical framework that describes the behavior of systems I research. The defining characteristics of a CFT are that the theory remains unchanged by dilations (the scale you examine the theory), rotations, inversions and translations, all of which are represented in my artwork.
The story is, regarding dilations, my artwork represents the same theory no matter what scale you look at it, i.e., zoom in or out. Beginning at the center, the white dot represents the single point at which, surprisingly, all the components of the CFT exist; much as how white light contains all the colors that exist. Zooming out one encounters five circles, each one connected to and interacting with its neighbor. This system turns out to describe the same CFT as the white dot. Then, zooming in on the individual circles, one sees that they are made up of the letter H. This is a symbol which represents the Hamiltonian, the name we give to describe the interaction dynamics of the five circles. Looking closer at the H, one sees that it is composed of an equation that puts the Hamiltonian into mathematics. Preceding further, each pixel that makes up the equation is formed from a copy of the entire system. The white dot, the five circles, the Hamiltonian and the equation, while components that build up one another, are all representations of the same theory, the same CFT. Thus, one finds the same theory no matter what scale one examines the picture. The system is also unchanged when rotated, represented by its circular composition, which also reflects the proper interactions between neighboring points that I consider in my research.
Lastly the entirety of my work is unchanged when inverted. This is also true of the title of my work, “¿Huh?", which is a universally understood expression found in all human languages and represents that my theory is unchanged by “translations”.