IndieView with Jean Constant, author of The Riemann Conundrum

Hofstadter for his persuasive demonstration of the many connections between science and art. Cretan, Minoan art is rich in symbols and abstract geometries. My characters – or objects, in the particular context of this book, are absolutely real. As an educator, I’m publishing in various academic journals and professional reviews. You can also get a Kindle version in black and white as explained in the Footnotes above from Amazon US or Amazon UK. A day, a week, in this case a few years. But be prepared to share your material with many and polish over and again what may be obvious to you but maybe not be to other. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Over time I find it most helpful as the more detailed chapter head, sub headers, and paragraph headers are, the easier it becomes to complete my work with these much-sought-after sentences running away from me. As an experienced art practitioner, I’ve developed my writing skill around techniques I use in my studio, writing every day, one page at at the time, until something coherent comes out of it.  
 
Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Otherwise, the content stays the same. His coherent and attractive perspective encouraged me to question and explore anew my visual environment. Writing is often a painful and demanding challenge for me. Russian painter and author Wassily Kandinsky influenced me in many ways. It is only much later I learned that Riemann who taught for many years in Göttingen, Germany, was a man from the North with a strong attraction for the sun and light of the Mediterranean shores. Looking at the images helped them understand the words, understanding the words helped them appreciate the image better. Rieman family of minimal surfaces on Minoan culture geometrical background. First, I write much more than I should, without trying to be too selective or analytical. Do you have a target reader? All the “characters” of the Math-Art series are borrowed from the work and discoveries of scientists that have and are still helping us understand who we are, where we are and what the seen-unseen world looks like. My reward in doing so is that each image whether color or black & white becomes a unique element of a yet much larger project celebrating, science, art and our seen-unseen environment. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Do you listen to music while you write? Then I start the first edit, usually cutting more than I should, and last, I keep rebuilding until I’m satisfied with the result. It can be a five, six or more steps progression. Get your copy of   The Riemann Conundrum from iTunes or Google Play. The mathematical language is universal, so is the language of art. Did you hire a professional editor? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Peer review and editors are priceless in the completing of a meaningful, well-written book. I’m afraid to say, nothing comes easily to me! I created the Kindle version of the series to be consistent with my effort to promote my interest in science and art and make my work available at a much more reasonable price. About You
Where did you grow up? Last but not least, the island known for its half-man, half-bull minotaur, is also a place famous in antiquity for its labyrinth built by architect and mathematician Daedalus. Depending on what step of the process I’m involved in, I listen to classical, blues, electronic, even world music. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? One doesn’t have to be a scientist to enjoy the beauty of geometrical shapes, one doesn’t have to be an artist to enjoy the effect of a particular color scheme. Each submission is peer-reviewed two or three times by the most merciless editors that can be. As much as I believe one should stray true to himself and not be afraid to stand up for his ideas or even the way he expresses it, listening and collaborating make us better writer and at the end benefit the reader too. The original portfolio evolved and expanded almost organically. I grew up in Europe and in the US and feel privileged to have benefited from the exhilarating cross-cultural exchange between the two continents
Where do you live now? My writing follows the evolution of the image(s) I am composing. I usually go through several iterations of my work. To my surprise, the black and white version of the portfolio ends up being just as attractive as the color one. I did the cover using Adobe CC – Ai, PSD and InDesign
Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Cretan, Minoan art is rich in symbols and abstract geometries. One doesn’t have to be a scientist to enjoy the beauty of geometrical shapes, one doesn’t have to be an artist to enjoy the effect of a particular color scheme. These experiences in some way continue to encourage me to write and present my work as one unified multilayered vehicle of communication. I struggled for a long time with the association I created between Riemann’s work and the Minoan culture. Both complement each other unexpectedly yet often in a mysterious and poetic way. The Riemann Conundrum is volume 4 of the Math-Art series. Riemann, a scholar in number theory and differential geometry was also a very spiritual person guided by intuition. Visual art, like writing, is the process of committing to a canvas or a piece of paper subconscious ideas and floating association I find worth sharing with the viewer or the reader. I’ve had unexpected, enthusiastic feedback from pre-teens to adults of all ages who could relate to my art but not always to the words describing it, being from different cultures. I started working on this particular volume of the Math-Art series in 2013 for a multimedia exhibit in Santa Fe, and while studying 4th-dimensional geometry. Minoan art is the celebration of life and nature under the warm sun of the Mediterranean. Riemann is a formidable mathematician, well respected among his peers. Something I try to follow both to clarify my thoughts relating to art and in my own writing as well. For some odd reason, I find myself time and again drawn to the work of a small group of Eastern Europe scientists of the mid-1800 century. Fortunately, the visual part of my works comes easily because I guess I have a gift combining shapes and color in new and various arrangements. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? End of Interview:
For more from Jean, visit his blog and follow him on Twitter. Do you outline? Because writing is difficult for me, I try to develop a precise, detailed outline of my topic. Intuition too led me to combine some of his work’s outcome with the elements of a much older culture. Real as the world around us! Footnotes
The Math-Art series is also available on Kindle, under a slightly different name and in black & white because of constraints of KDP regarding titles and its upload/download policies. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Whereas as a visual artist, a white canvas is my imagination needs to start bubbling and percolating, thinking about a white page I must fill with words is enough to freeze and block me even before I even start. About the book
What is the book about? As my work progressed and I became more comfortable with the original concept, I started to discover small, unexpected elements that added to my growing confidence. Both complement each other unexpectedly, yet often in a mysterious and poetic way. Absolutely! In addition, I could quote Paul Klee, his writing is as poetic as his art, D. To describe the process, orally or in writing, I tap on the energy and pleasure that drove me to complete the artwork. I learned a lot from the exchange. If the reader, in some respect, enjoys, shares or is inspired by my enthusiasm for science and art in all its form of expression, my work will have met the goal I set for myself. Actually, he was buried in Piedmont, Italy. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Bernhard Riemann’s work on mathematical surfaces in higher dimensions is based on intuitive reasoning. What came easily? Is it intuition or something bigger? Where did you get the idea from? When did you start writing the book? B. Cantor, Gauss, Hilbert, Klein, Riemann among others, and the many pioneers who established the mathematical foundation of modern science today. Additional resources, supportive feedback from peers and professionals helped me build a presentation consistent both in visual terms and in the written format to meet my goal and communicate to the reader my fascination and enthusiasm for science, art, and in this particular book, the work of a unique and very significant mathematician from the late 1800s. We’re often told that writing is a solitary effort. If so can you please describe it? Not insignificant if our goal is to communicate and share! Jean Constant – 14 October 2018
The Back Flap
20 illustrations portfolio and original mathematical models from B. I’ve been privileged to exhibit and discuss my work in various settings and in many countries. Yes, the act of writing, squeezing out of your brain the raw material is for you to do alone. Sounds and rhythms reach part of my subconscious I didn’t know was there and participates positively in my larger effort to deliver in readable format what I instinctively want to share. To be consistent with my goal of reaching and communicating with the largest possible audience, convincing and communicating appropriately with the most discriminating reader is for me a step in the right direction. To compensate that serious handicap, I copiously add pages after pages with volumes of background material I collect from various sources that deal with the topic I’m working on. I produce my work for the largest possible audience, regardless of gender, age or culture. To capture the shape – or the word for that matter, that looks so tempting and attractive, inner-thought wise, and put it down on paper in a meaningful way is a challenging, complex, and difficult process. How long did it take you to write it? The mathematical language is universal, so is the language of art. Beauty is all encompassing. When ready, I get back into it like an editor, cutting, pasting, rearranging sentences until I find my own voice, my own rhythm. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Furthermore, Kandinsky was also a trained lawyer. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I developed this habit over the course of several projects, using a blog as a logbook and posting regularly new images and the background comments going with it as in the 364-1 project, the evolution of an image over 365 days @ https://constantconnect.wordpress.com/ or the 12-30 project, the exploration of 12 scientific graphics editors over a year time @ https://jcdigitaljournal.wordpress.com/
I don’t consider myself a professional writer or a novelist, but the written word is a very important component of my image-building process and ultimately, adds a layer of appreciation to the work I’m presenting to the reader. Whenever I work on the visuals, I jot down a few notes, sometimes meaningful references, sometimes spontaneous associations that come to me, looking at the work in progress. The art of Crete lends itself to more substantive interpretation than a unidimensional representation of motive and simplistic symbols. This is my first attempt at promoting the Math-Art series outside of my regular network. The iBook and GoogleBook versions are full color and, when available, include a multimedia file that affect the size of the book beyond what would be reasonable within the KDP network. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Riemann was relying on intuition, he had a well demonstrated personal attraction for warmer climates. I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a magical place if anything, right at the end tail of the Rockies. A combination of a glorious environment, a rich culture, and at the frontier of advanced scientific research. What would you like readers to know about you? His approach to communication carries the rigor and clarity of reasoning of the legal profession. Many other encouraged and inspired me, poets from Homer or Virgil, to Hölderlin in Europe or Whitman on this continent, and many others, writers, novelists, journalists I can’t remember by name, but still carry with me somewhere, because they marked or influenced my work, my life, and who I am today. Music is an important part of my writing environment. No
Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? As the other volumes in the series, it is composed around an original 20-images portfolio including notes and background material. Being new and unexperienced in this field, I’ll wait for the results to draw any conclusion and consider future strategies. Riemann’s work on the properties of surfaces in higher dimensional space was based on intuitive reasoning. In some respect, music – or silence for that matter, affects all aspects of my writing from the choice of word or descriptive, to the sequence of sentences, even down to the minute decision of choosing if, where, or how to put a comma in a sentence. The more I write the less I agree with it!