by Julie Davis Veach December 09, 2020
“Beyond Balance” is 1 of 6 sacred geometry study paintings I completed in the fall of 2018.
In this piece I am exploring the idea of what could exist beyond a state of “balance.” Just one of those hypothetical ideas I randomly started thinking about. Hey! Why not-anything is possible-right? What would beyond a balanced world look like? Exceeding balance within ourselves, our planet, our humanity?
This piece explores that concept using sacred geometry. I invite you to explore these ideas with me!
Sacred geometry exists all around us and it is continually communicating to all of those who are willing to be still enough to listen, revealing truths beyond the obvious. As in life, sacred geometry presents an unlimited amount of possibilities, until the observer decides on just one. This painting is the result of playful experimentation with those possibilities- represented here in shapes, lines, textures, and colors. Each element having a very defined meaning to each observer. The process of creating each painting is a thrilling and enlightening discovery that opens my eyes and mind to the world around me providing me healing and hope for a brighter future based on love and compassion -for us all. I hope that you can experience this state of awe through my paintings and that I may open your heart to the light within you so that you become part of this consciousness.
I don’t want to dictate what you, the observer, “sees” in this painting- because it is your choice, part of the process, and part of the limitless possibilities that you control.
So, I will merely make a few suggestions about what I see, at this moment- even though what I see today will most likely change from one day to the next The meanings in my paintings can be as simple or complex as you like.
Artist Depiction: Sacred relationships are represented by the gold lines that connect to each other, and visible or not, provide structure for the choices made, resulting in the shapes that you see. There are eight of these delicate gold lines that extend beyond the picture plane, representing the beginning of a new era not yet seen. Hence, eight is a symbol of infinity and a constant flow of energy and power. On a personal level, the meaning of number 8 resonates with the power and vibrations of self-confidence, inner strength, and personal power- if we choose so. Each choice leads to a newer set of potentials.
A predominate feature of the painting is the gold cross in the center that is turned on its side and looks like an “X”. The equal armed cross is an extremely old ideogram used in most cultures. It is one of the basic gestalts in Western ideography and can be found in every part of the world, in prehistoric caves and engraved on rocks. The cross itself represents many things, but for the sake of this depiction It will represent the meeting of Divine energies and is indicative of the human desire to know and experience the unfolding mystery of life. The four arms of the cross provide an invitation to the four ways to ascension; to objectively know self, nature, wisdom, and God. The added element of the circle around the cross provides the virtue of unification, totality, wholeness and inclusion.
Upon further investigation, the equal armed cross turned on its side like an X has significant symbolism. According to the Dictornary.com review, the X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And, here’s the kicker: Χριστός means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word Christ for hundreds of years. This device is known as a Christogram, a symbol of Christ. And for me, I’ll take it a bit further and depict the notion of Christ-Consciousness as it would relate to “Beyond Balance”.
Have fun with it – shift your perspective. Challenge yourself to see beyond the literal. It can change your entire world!
Process: With this group of studies, I was exploring the creative process itself, through sacred geometry, moving from a very linear and logical way of thinking/creating (using a straight edge and compass) to a more fluid and intuitive means of making decisions (using color, shape, line, and texture created by the fluidity of acrylic paints). It was very much like a choose your own adventure book. Each decision in the process led to another set of choices to make until “Beyond Balance” was achieved. After the completion of the paintings, I study them for the meaning and significance.
~Julie A. Davis Veach
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