I recently learned that Eric, a friend and colleague of mine, was an artist for 7 years before getting a Ph.D. in math. He was a sculptor and printmaker. Here is some of his work:
Since learning that he was an artist I’ve only got a brief chance to pick Eric’s brain at a barbecue. If I’m remembering correctly, he said that his undergraduate degree was in math. Then he worked as an artist for 7 years, which lead him back to math and graduate school.
In Eric’s own words “Most of my artwork was designed using random numbers and elementary mathematics.”
Maybe we can get Eric to tell us more sometime. . .