On the Edge of Chaos – Part 1

The asymmetry in this bold composition achieves a simultaneous sense of chaos and a powerful sense of order, structure and strength. The spheres take on a boulder like significance with possible biblical connotations. Dyson is fascinated by the transition space between order and disorder – the edge of chaos. She considers the adaptation to the edge of chaos – where systems seem to intuitively evolve toward a regime near the boundary between chaos and order.

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a rising star.” – Nietzche

Dyson reflects on transformative life events, and personal experiences of chaos and being on the edge of chaos. She examines chaos, the imagination and creativity, and wonders if without chaos or uncertainty there would be any creativity.


  • 2017
  • Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
  • 135 x 91 cm