The Demiurge 2018 Acrylic on Paper mounted to canvas 20”x30”

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“The Demiurge” Is a painting based on Plato’s Timaeus Dialog wherein he details the creation of the world and the heavens be the hands of an all-benevolent creator figure called the demiurge. According to the myth, the Demiurge was the first finite form taken by the formless and infinite God.

Here’s where the story begins to align with modern science. According to various modern day thinkers, everything is vibration. Everything has a physical form, but also a ‘waveform,’ as per quantum physics, that exists infinitely in an invisible and ever present state. Plato called this waveform reality the “World of Forms” (versus the world of matter)

In the Platonic world of forms everything exists as an idea in a state of perfection. Only here can perfection exist; for instance, one can conceptualize a perfect circle, but when drawn, no matter how precise, there is invariably a divergence from the perfect state. Even you and I -theoretically - exist in a state of perfection in the world of from - our physical bodies are but material reflections of our perfect intangible selves. It is through the translation from the world of forms to the world of matter that imperfection arises, though all physical things are modeled after perfect templates of divine origin.

The Demiurge, so the story goes, awoke in an infinitely chaotic material realm comprised of chaos and triangles. Hence the background of the painting is made of triangular geometry. Through ratio, reason and harmony, he crafted the platonic solids which form the basis for the elements fire, wind, water, and earth, from the turbulent field of matter. Using these newly generated elements, he mirrored the perfect blueprint of the heavens in matter which created the world as we know it modeling everything in creation after the impeccable blueprints existent in the world of form. When complete, the Demiurge set it all in the fifth platonic solid, the dodecahedron or the “Frame of the whole” as Plato called it - go figure.

This painting celebrates that moment of creation, where chaos and confusion took form and function for the first time, the moment of inception as close to perfection as possible in the hands of a benevolent godhead wishing to create a heaven on earth. The feathered serpents in the painting represent the universe as we know it - matter and earth represented by the serpent, interpenetrated by the heavens and higher dimensional reality represented by the wings and feathers together as one, the tangible giving life to the intangible in this dazzling experience of life.

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