Earlier this spring I treated myself to little envelopes of seeds from a late winter flower show. I've always been an 'herb girl' and chose the old dependables, including sage, basil and thyme. I've forgotten how fun it is to watch over a pot of dirt, keeping the faith that the teeny tiny black specks sleeping in there know what to do and when to do it. I'm entranced with the idea that the plant's whole life story is contained in that little shape.
One of the concepts that I'm exploring in my art right now is 'sacred geometry'. There are all kinds of ways to explain this idea, but simply put, it means "symbolic and sacred meanings given to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions" (wikipedia). These principles are seen in all kinds of things - the spiral of seashells and sunflowers, the shape of honeybee combs, rose windows in architecture, and Mona Lisa's face. Not kidding!
I was curious about the lowly seed, and the big job ahead of her. Surely someone in the Divine Math Department figured out some shapes for this work? It turns out that there is an ancient symbol that is a collection of interlocking circles, referred to as the 'seed' or 'flower of life'. Apparently, this design is the basis for a great deal of art found in ancient churches, in all kinds of religions.
Inspiring! Time for the challenge of creating an artwork that sums up all the energy it takes for the seed to crack open, have a nice drink of potting soil water and head for the sun! I chose a simple white muslin fabric and layered in many colors, using batik (wax to create a resist) to indicate the geometric shapes. I wanted these lines to float in the background like an 'other-worldly blueprint' while all the growing, flowering and living goes on.
Knowing that there's some kind of 'order' underneath and within even the tiniest living thing is appealing to me. In my artwork, I can go beyond a normal nature moment (my seed sprouted!) and use sacred geometry to add meaning to paintings of endangered species, clear cutting forests, terrible pollution and other distressing events. I'm thinking about the blueprint of wisdom inherent in all things and how it knows what the life story is - what to do and when to do it - regardless of the circumstances.