Painting no 2

The second painting in this set of six paintings will symmetrically balance the first, on the opposite side of the large hexagon. This painting depicts a man and a woman in energy symbols, the man to the left and the woman to the right. While at first glance it resembles one face, the eyes are too close together to rest as a face, forcing the viewer to step back and see that it is, in fact, two separate beings who are side by side.  This, I am hoping, helps people to understand my energy symbol language.  In this language I show both the  man and the woman as awakened beings.  This is shown by the waves that comprise their heads, forming an eye that is created by the presence of a perfect balance between an upward wave of desire, and an equal and opposite downward wave of fear   These two opposite waves of identity cancel one another, leaving lucidity, neither desirous nor fearful, but awake. These Signs of Equilibrium symbolize waves of self-definition, or their identities.

This balanced eye-like shape I call a Sign of Equilibrium, which to me is a sacred symbol. The man and the woman symbolize personifications of the male and female aspects of Awareness as part of Awarewness’ infinite potentiality for Self Expression. They are lovers, and nestle in close to one another, absorbed by the ecstasy of their love.

Above them is the radiant sun, casting its light on every expression.  The pink-magenta gives a sensual feeling of the sweetness of this eternal moment. The lifting plants beneath their feet rise up as if in song to show their love for the radiant sunlight.  The plants are drawn to the sun, like iron filings to a great magnet passing overhead.

In the solar plexus area of the man, a sign of Equilibrium is repeated, showing him fulfilled by their love. While the first painting in this module-art hexagon shows pure energy with only the dawn of a human expression, this painting suddenly becomes focused on a manifested human experience, being with the one you love under the sun in a flourishing garden.  Together, these two paintings act as a pulsation between pure energy and momentary manifestation of form that is recognized as life forms, human beings, the expression of what it feels like to be Awareness in this astounding energy medium of self-expression.

When these two paintings are seen together, they will hold strong positions on the right and on the left of the hexagon they will help to create.  They each also point outward.  This creates what is called a Yantra, or a visual Mantra. A Yantra is an amazing visual phenomenon that artists should be aware of and use often.  It is composed of a neutral center upon which the eyes rest.  On the right and the left extremities are equally visually powerful points of interest – in this case, two points, like arrows, that function to pull the viewer’s awareness outward, like a stretching rubber band.  This opens the viewer to take in more information than the normal point of focus allows.  This makes the viewer’s frequency of perception climb.  In short, it makes the viewer high.

When the viewer sits before a Yantra and gazes at the center, so much more information comes into her or his perceptual field that an astounding thing happens.  Two-dimensional images become not only three-dimensional, but four-dimensional. One suddenly sees the implied space as actual three-dimensional space, the implied two-dimensional motion becomes actual motion.  In other words, a Yantra is a form not of hi-tech, but of hyper perception, beyond hi-tech.  The viewer experiences entering into a deep space and moving through it as the implied motion becomes real movement.  This is the ancient way of watching 3-D movies in living -color.

no 2 detail

If we doubt that humanity began as an energy-conscious species and has gone astray, back into three-dimensional consciousness (where we believe that this energy medium is made up of unrelated and separate physical objects,) we have only to look at a Persian rug, set horizontally on a wall.  These rugs are Yantras, and they are hyper tech systems of experiencing.  The same is true of Navajo rugs when used horizontally in an upright position.  These rugs are literally doorways to other dimensions of perception, as described in the article entitled Art as Transportation in this Paint Rag Magazine.

The hexagon will be a large Yantra, and hopefully this phenomenon will allow viewers who take a moment to gaze upon the painting the actual experience of watching the energy pulse into human-like expression and then back to pure wave-form expressions.  While my energy symbols do not resemble actual human forms, they will hopefully radiate the energy of two human beings. Energy is what we relate to, in all cases. That is why I chose to paint energy-symbol people rather than likenesses.  We are our energy expressions of what it feels like to be Awareness forever.

Ross Drago
Paint Rag Magazine