Adam and Eve - Mirrored Wall Plaque
The image depicted on this mirrored glass and wooden wall plaque is a laser cut replication of the painted front doors of CoSM NYC and is surrounded by a round frame detailed with Allyson Grey's Secret Writing.
It measures 16 in. in diameter
"On the front doors of CoSM in NYC were painted Adam and Eve, primal man and woman, woven within a sacred geometric template of proportions. The layout of the human figure portrayed here was inspired by the work of Father Desiderious, a nineteenth-century priest who measured ancient Egyptian and Greek statuary to arrive at these ideal proportions. The Chakras, a Hindu yogic map of the subtle body system, are represented by spectral colored circles ascending the spinal column. From the groin to the top of the head, the chakras model a material world to spiritual world hierarchy and appear in numerous paintings in the CoSM collection. The Kabalistic Tree of Life from the mystical Hebrew tradition is represented by white circles that boarder the doorway figures in a double-pointed crystalline form. Traditionally shown as ten stations, or Sephirot, the tree grows downward from Heaven, from Kether, the highest spiritual center, to Malkuth, the manifest material world located at the feet."
- Alex Grey, from Net of Being
"Intending to create spiritual art, I feel naturally attracted to abstraction and to a written sacred language. Every known religion reveres its holy writing. Sacred writing of all faiths, however, come into conflict through human interpretation as the written word defines the differences of philosophy and traditions, when truly the basis of all religion is unity and infinite love. In 1975 I began writing automatically in an invented or transmitted language. I do not give meaning to the symbols in my art as it is meaning that separates experience from expression. The alphabet that I use points to the notion of a sacred language beyond meaning. Some of the works call to mind the experience of seeing an illuminated text in a foreign language and religion. In recent work, I combine the icons of perfection (the Jewel Net) with the secret language, and images of chaos. Chaos in my art is the entropy of the units of spectrally arranged squares using a system of "planned randomness", allowing every spectral unit to fall apart in a variety of ways -- squares falling off of a corner or the spectral unit exploding from the center, etc. The three elements used in my work, Chaos, Order and Secret Writing, are non-literal representations of the sacred."
- Allyson Grey
Manufactured at CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York.