"Art and mathematics blend and swirl. They conjure images and emotions in unexpected and profound ways -- and allow us to transcend space and time."
Her work reminded Mac Tonnies (creator of the Posthuman Blues blog) of the artificial jellyfish from Bruce Sterling and Rudy Rucker's short story Big Jelly:
But when it came time for Tug's talk, his 15-terabyte virtual jellyfish-demo had crashed so hideously that he couldn't even reboot his machine...
Imitating nature to the core, Tug found a way to evolve and improve his vortex sheet models via genetic programming. Tug's artificial jellyfish algorithms competed, mutated, reproduced, and died inside the virtual reality of his workstation's sea-green screen. As Tug's algorithms improved, his big computer monitor became a tank of virtual jellyfish, of graphic representations of Tug's equations, pushing at the chip's computational limits, slowly pulsing about in dimly glowing simulation-space.
(Read more about chemotactic artificial jellyfish)
Update 05-Jun-2020: Read this very early mention of the idea of biomimicry (also called biomimetics) in the works of HG Wells; see robot biomimicry from The War of the Worlds (1898). End update.