Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Kabbalah Tree

I made this piece for a friend. I hope she enjoys it.

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. The whispy yellow glass used to surround the entire piece represents the sun that surrounds us.

The basic element of Hebraic geometry is the equal-sided hexagram. It can be used to demonstrate the acts of creations. I chose this shape because I enjoy using geometry and specific shapes in my glass work.

If we take the hexagon to represent the days of the creation, we will see that each of the six creation phases join together to form another day. A seventh day is formed by doing nothing, by resting. I sliced the hexagon into six equal pieces to indicate that no day in the week is any more or less important than the other days. The seventh day (which is represented by the entire piece) would be the day of the week that is used for worship (meditation - yoga - thought - prayer). This day is not necessarily Sunday. It could be any day that you choose.

The clear glass which represents the other six days of the week were made using a 'vertigo' style glass. Vertigo (dizzy, out-of-sorts, unsteadiness) could represent the days of the week that are filled with work, kids, family events, grocery shopping, doctor visits, and all the other day-to-day tasks that fill our lives with disorder.

Lines drawn between opposite corners in the hexagon form another container: a cube with six sides. So by drawing three lines the hexagon transforms from a flat object into a three-dimensional one. This will play an important role in the new Kabbalah Tree.

1 comment:

lourdes said...

Nice piece and so very festive. I hope ;your friend likes it