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Our natural world is filled with a myriad of geometric designs. We see examples of this in the simplest of flowers and shells, as well as in the geometric structure of the tiniest atoms or farthest galaxies. Everywhere, these patterns repeat in endless permutations, yet how do they arise? Are they simply the result of the laws of physics manifesting randomly? If so, that begs the question: where do the laws of physics come from? We know that the elemental forces of gravity and electromagnetism could not have existed prior to the Big Bang, so they, along with all physical matter, had to have been created in the same instant. Consequently, many see in these structures the guiding hand of a Divine Presence. As Rabbi Mordecai Finley (one of the preeminent Rabbis of our time) is fond of saying, it is only through Love, Justice, Truth, and Beauty that we are able to apprehend the presence of God or the Divine Source (call it what you will) in our physical world. We know from history that when primitive peoples began to notice and appreciate the structures underlying the Universal Design, they also became aware of the presence of the Divine. Pythagoras was among the first to note the fascinating and intricate relationship between the physical world and mathematical symmetry, and subsequent scientists from Newton through Einstein have opined on the obvious interrelationship between naturally occurring geometry and a Divinely inspired order. Sadly, our 21st century age of secular materialism seems to have lost touch with the awe-inspiring mathematical and geometrical imprint of the Divine Source manifesting throughout all of creation. That loss also seems to have made it difficult for people in our society to declare something "beautiful". Despite that, our soul remains able to recognize beauty easily since, whether we consciously realize it or not, it continues to be in close touch with that Divine Source. The study of Sacred Geometry has really been an inquiry into the blueprint of creation itself. That study has developed into a mystical science, which seeks to explore and explain what creates and unifies all things by revealing the energetic patterns along which creation is organized. Matters of Divine creation and organization are best expressed in terms that many think of as "mystical" or "occult". Sacred Geometries speak to us as symbols or archetypes that are only fully comprehensible at the level of soul. Ancient mystical societies recognized that meditating on Sacred Geometries was a powerful method for linking the human consciousness to the Divine Soul. Starting with the simplest forms - the circle, triangle, and square - and ultimately evolving into a multitude of symbolic geometric patterns, mystics have created complex patterns, which represent the inner realms and point toward profound levels of self-awareness. It is these patterns that I use in my artwork - acknowledged spiritual motifs such as the Star of David, the All-Seeing Eye of God, The Seed of Life, the Flower of Life, Sri Yantra and the YHVH or Hebrew Tetragrammaton. I use these and many other shapes and symbols, intuitively combining them into a finished artwork. Each is made entirely in the powerful program, Photoshop, and both photographic and digital elements can appear in a single image. When I start out to make one of these Sacred Geometries, I never know how it will unfold. Sometimes, one will seem to flow through me in a mere fifteen minutes while others may take several days of work to complete. The process constantly surprises me because only very rarely does the finished work even vaguely resemble the basic elements I started out with. In the Jewish prayer book there is a wonderful line, which reads, "God forms light and creates darkness". This clearly means to tell us that the essential nature of God is light and that, in order to create our physical existence, He had to first create darkness to contrast His already existing light. I feel that I don't actually make these Sacred Geometries at all, but rather, I somehow "channel" them into our physical world from some pre-existing place in another realm. To bolster that notion, several people who have meditated with them have reported that in their deepest experiences they encounter inner vistas that these artworks mirror. In a very real sense, then, they appear to be portals into archetypal aspects of the Soul and its connection to a Divine order. Whether you come from a mystical / spiritual point of reference or are more inclined to the secular, I hope you will agree that these complex geometric patters make for singularly beautiful art. I have always been fascinated by the interface between the mundane and the spiritual, so for me, making these Sacred Geometries is a perfect way to explore that boundary. My hope is that they will bring you great joy and peace regardless of what level you choose to interact with them.
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