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ANIMA TESSERA

1996, oil on canvas, 36 x 60 in.

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ARTIST'S COMMENT

This painting is unique for several reasons. First, it marked the pretty clear end of a twenty year creative period. It was the last original painting that I did for several years since that was not a commercial assignment or commission. Also, it is the only large scale painting in which I explored the theme of my more left-brain interest - theoretical physics. Finally, it was my first painting for which my wife Freya modeled.

My idea was to depict the possibility of transition between physical dimensions by incorporating a symbol of higher dimensions, the tesseract, into a cohesive image. A tesseract is a geometric figure composed of eight interlocking cubes in four dimensions. The name comes from the Latin tessera which means tile or mosaic. Anima is Latin for spirit, and is where we get our words animal and animate. It is also the term that Carl Jung coined to describe the hidden feminine aspects in the psyche.

There are seven perfect cubes in diminishing perspective toward the horizon on the Daliesque ground plane. At the vanishing point is a tornado - a negatively curved vortex of energy, which is symbolic of a theoretical wormhole in space, predicted by astrophysicists as a possible portal to other dimensions. In this case, the tornado connects the terrestrial ground plane with the celestial void. The halo above the figure's head is a spiral galaxy - another vortex. Finally, at her feet is a half-eaten peach with (if you look closely) of course, a wormhole. She is holding another uneaten peach - or is it the same one before being bitten?

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