In many of my paintings you see a dot centrally placed on the canvas.
A dot is the simplest mark an artist can make. The first letter in the language of art. The number one. The source for all which follows.
It’s the first principle. The beginning. A point of potentiality. A symbol of creation.
It represents the singularity at the beginning of the universe. The point of infinite density containing all mass and space-time, eventually exploding in the Big Bang and creating the present-day Universe.
Creation happens in the same pattern on all scales. In nature you see it as the seed that sprouts and grows into a tree. In the fertilized egg that becomes a human being – and so on.
In my paintings I imitate this principle of creation by placing a dot in the center of a pattern as though the pattern grows out of the dot.
Or the dot can function as a point the pattern can revolve around. A still point in the center of a turning world. A focus point, where the eyes can come to rest.
The dot also represents the small point of light that can sometimes appear in meditation, a sign of deep concentration.
In Yoga and Tantra the dot is called Bindu. Bindu is used for a number of different concepts but at the most fundamental level it represents Prakasha, the light of consciousness, the power inherent within consciousness to manifest a whole world of experience. Prakasha is your own consciousness as it shines forth as well as the universal consciousness (Shiva), the ground of Being.
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