Hexagons

My fascination with hexagons started about four years ago while on a vision quest. I had set the intention to find my life's purpose. That particular quest revealed many things to me, but one vision in particular brought to me the image of the bee, and the hexagon, as a representation of the ideal functioning of a community- whether in regards to a small group of people or a large one. 

Recently I had the undeniable urge to revisit the hexagon. I have years and years of unresolved watercolor/ink paintings, that were ultimately play with manipulation of the medium. I had at one time had the idea to isolate and magnify the mini compositions that organically formed, as the larger pieces would tend to lack any focus or clear movement. I remember walking into a gallery to see that very idea come to fruition, leaving me both enthralled at the validity of the concept, and somewhat frustrated that I had not had the opportunity to see it through. Patience is a virtue, and I am tickled by the fact that all these years of collecting materials, experiences, knowledge, and wisdom have culminated into this series of works that are very near and dear to my heart.

Within this entire body of work, the individual hexagon represents the individual person or entity. Each sheet of painted paper from which I extracted the hexagons encapsulates a period of time that I was working on the piece and whatever energy I infused into those moments, thus groups of the hexagons are "cut from the same cloth", much like a group of people being born in a particular place or time. However, each individual, while similar in ways to the other hexagons, bare a unique stamp of it's particular composition within the greater whole. The six faces of the hexagon represent the many facets of an individual personality that are revealed under varying circumstances. Each piece then goes on to represent the particular energy of each individual(hexagon) in a given moment. Furthermore, some of the pieces go on to explore pairings and groupings of the individuals and the subsequent energy they create as a pair, group, or collective. 

With further research, I found it truly uncanny how relevant the hexagon was in my own experience. To begin with numerology and the number 6 representing each face and corner of the hexagon, a google search would reveal that: "Numerology #6 is connected with balance, responsibility and love."(1). During this moment of my life, balance, responsibility, and love are essentially my three largest priorities as I navigate motherhood and my desire to support my family while living out my life's purpose. "Life Path Number 6 has a lot of energy of service in it. It holds the harmony between the macrocosms and microcosms."(1). For as long as I can remember I have had a fascination nearing on obsession with the macrocosm/microcosm dynamic, perhaps an obsession only because I struggled to articulate what I saw of this relationship in my immediate environment, globally, and universally. I still struggle to articulate my own interpretation of these concepts, likely because it takes the language of physics to truly communicate it, however, I seem to be working on finding my own way to express these concepts visually in my own work. If you are interested, research "Holographic Universe Theory" and the Holographic Principle. "The key to the numerology 6 life path number is love toward others in order to exist for others."(1).  Ahh, yes. My whole life as a Leo, characterized by some astrology books as unusually humble when the specific times and conditions of my birth are considered, I have struggled to accept that I have egocentric tendencies. I have learned to accept and love all parts of myself, even those that at one time or another by one entity or another are deemed undesirable. This is just a warm and welcome reminder, an affirmation if you will, that bliss resides in the service of others.

To better understand the hexagon, I researched how it related to and was used in sacred geometry, architecture, and engineering. Ultimately, the best way to explain my findings is to relate them to the Honey Bee.

Thank you for sharing this experience with me. My hope is that this story and/or the work itself is of service to you somehow, whether as a reassurance in the light of relation, inspiration in whatever form it may take, or some other form that I could not forsee. Namaste.

 

sources:

http://fideloper.com/hexagonal-architecture 

https://hyperallergic.com/352616/roy-brewster-norian-house/

Architecture

Why do we even talk about Architecture?

We talk about architecture because we want our applications to contain two attributes:

  1. High Maintainability
  2. Low Technical Debt

These are, in fact, the same thing. To word this succinctly: We want our applications to be easy to work with. We want to make future changes easy.

(1) https://www.lifescriptdoctor.com/numerology-life-path-number-6/

Numerology #6 is connected with balance, responsibility and love. Life Path Number 6 has a lot of energy of service in it. It holds the harmony between the macrocosms and microcosms. ... The key to thenumerology 6 life path number is love toward others in order to exist for others.

http://www.numerology.com/numerology-numbers/6

 

 

Experimenting with multiples.

Concept design.

Development with projector sheets.

Choosing small compositions to be cut out.

Two Way

Light Works

Amanda Light is a New York based self taught and community mentored artist bringing a raw, expressive perspective to visual communication. The process of making art is fundamentally meditative, and the pieces produced bare a sense of introspective conversation, attempting to identify and explain concepts beyond lingual expression. Utilizing a wide variety of mediums and exploration in technique, the work is an examination of the human condition, metaphysics, and transcendental views of human relationships with oneself, each other and the global environment.  

 For more information, inquiries, prints, portraits, and commission work please visit
AmandaJLight.com or contact art.lightworks@gmail.com

 

About the work

Hexagons
watercolor, ink, pencil, cut paper

Within this body of work, the individual hexagon represents the individual person or entity. Each sheet of painted paper from which I extracted the hexagons encapsulates a period of time that I was working on the piece and whatever energy I infused into those moments, thus groups of the hexagons are "cut from the same cloth", much like a group of people being born in a particular place or time. However, each individual, while similar in ways to the other hexagons, bare a unique stamp of it's particular composition within the greater whole. The six faces of the hexagon represent the many facets of an individual personality that are revealed under varying circumstances. Each hexagon has an aura, or visual representation of its unique energy. The background of each piece then goes on to represent the particular energy and circumstances of each individual(hexagon) in a given moment. Furthermore, some of the pieces go on to explore pairings and groupings of the individuals and the subsequent energy they create as a pair, group, or collective. 

Earth Walkers Series
acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, ink, dirt

Ethereal larger than life figures walk the earth interacting with unseen energies/forces.

Information Series
acrylic, oil pastel

This series depicts the constant buzzing of energy and information that is all around us, and how we consume, reflect on, feel, process, and regurgitate it.

"Solution"
acrylic

 (SOul EVO- REVO- lution). Energy and information flows all around us. Each of us as individuals consume, process, and express the same information in various unique ways. We all have individual flaws, and strengths. When we come together we will find the solution for all that ails our planet and our species.

"The Kiss"
Work in Progress, Phase 3, acrylic, multi-media

I started the drawing for this piece based on a photo from the "Spirit Weavers Gathering", with my daughter sleeping in her wrap, close to my heart. If you look close at the shadow of the butterfly, you will find the meaning of the piece. 

 

 

 

Natural Paint Brushes

I'm not exactly sure when I started collecting driftwood, but I know now that it had become a bit of an obsession. I used to drive around an '02 Toyota Tacoma, the bed of TacoMama, as she was affectionately named, was perpetually piled high with a load of wood sourced from the Hudson River. I treat the collection of the pieces like a meditation. I greet the river and let her speak to me, clearing myself as I walk up and down the shores. I wait for pieces to catch my eye, to speak to me, and collect them as they do; some days those severed fingers and limbs and toes of great and beautiful trees are loud, some days they are more quiet. At the end of my expedition I lay them all out, reasoning with myself and the river what I can keep and what I should leave behind. I always bow to that vista when I'm done, thanking her for sharing her wisdom her bounty and her beauty with me.The details I look for in driftwood are color variation, wood grain, texture, shape, and any unique or unusual characteristics. 

Organizing my truck load of drift wood.

Now, what do I do with all this wood? I incorporated pieces into paintings and even some minimal 'sculpture', but never really had the time or focus to develop the pieces or create something like the large and interesting sculptures I've seen using the same material. I'm very glad after all these years I've been able to find a way to use the driftwood to make something I'm really very passionate about. Paint brushes! I'd also like to make some wands, 'talking sticks', walking sticks, instruments, and ultimately, eventually, sculpture. 

Dried lavender from the garden

Natural paintbrush made from driftwood sourced from Plum Point along the hudson river and dried lavender from my garden.

First four natural paint brushes made from driftwood, lavender and a miscellaneous plant.

Experiments in Natural Paint Brushes and Mark Making

As a child my father would take me on various hiking expeditions. An explorer himself, we often joked about his meandering drives and so-called shortcuts. As a young adult I returned to many of those places, and have become quite the meandering "longcut" taker, myself. I suppose my deep love of and reverence for nature started then.

The first time I experienced the California coast, I was hiking with friends somewhere along Highway 1 and Big Sur. The summer before there had been a brush fire, and the bases of the red wood trees were charred. I took one of my notebooks and pulled the page along the massive charred trunk of the red wood, and behold, my first encounter with mark making using natural materials. It brings me great joy to responsibly collect materials from nature to create tools, to take 'dead' pieces of plants and carry on their legacy by perpetuating creation. It puts me back in touch with a more primitive self, and informs the work created with such devices in a truly unique and beautiful way. I like to think that the marks made express the voice of the plant, that the tools are a conduit for the souls of the trees and shrubs and flowers speak out.

The Spiral

A lot of my work consists of shreds of other pieces that were not successful or never resolved. Here I am, being more mindful in many ways about creating the smaller pieces that will be re-purposed in larger works. In this exercise and many similar, I start with a meditation that often develops into a day dream. Today I find myself exercising law of attraction by imagining my desired future, and feeling all the feels that come with personal and professional success.