The Flame

View additional version of these images in my series The Flame.

There have been a number of good things happening I feel with this new line of work, such as having a sense of purpose. With this feeling, however, comes the burden of knowing how unable I am to fully process or understand the very thing I’m delving into, which is ancient philosophies and the roots that connect these ideas together.

There is a fourth series I would like to introduce here I’m calling “The Flame.”  This series has to do with fire and the principles that man brought about from it since the beginning of time. The flames colors have great significance: Blue (or nearly colorless) represents the hidden father, Gold represents the flaming son who bears witness to the father, and Red symbolizes the Demiurgus or Lord of this world. These ideas come from ancient philosophical concepts that even the Egyptians embraced and were used in their color schemes. Amon, a god who later was infused with the sun god Amun-Ra, was portrayed with blue skin because that color alluded to his cosmic significance. Gold was almost always meant to portray the sun and its eternal and indestructible power, which is why statues of gods like Osiris were always made with gold. Red may have been the color of victory in Egypt but it was also the color of anger, rage, and destruction and was the color used to portray Seth’s eyes, for he was the demiurgis or evil one who metaphorically battled with Osiris each night. In simplest terms, blue signifies life and re-birth, gold represents everlasting life, and red signifies death and destruction. In the sense of the Trinity, which is coming up over and over again in my readings, we have the dot representing blue, the line as gold, and the circle as red. Life, light, and heat.

Pillars of fire in front of ladder no.1
Pillars of fire in front of ladder no.1
Flames no.2
Flames no.2

The green tint comes from an effect in the materials or light from the one-way glass / mirror reflecting into infinity. The scratches became visible once I focused on the glass itself. Green was known to the Egyptians as the color of vegetation and new life. Interestingly enough, Osiris was often portrayed with green skin.

Flames no.3
Flames no.3
The Flame
The Flame

Here we have the three colors clearly visible. Life, light, and heat. Below I took this concept further and introduced the aspect of the line, or bridge between life and heat that has been portrayed over and over again with the figure of Christ in the most particular sense. What I’m communicating in these images and video is that this is all a metaphor —a metaphor that the Gnostics and Mystics were very much aware of. The ladder is symbolic of esoteric knowledge; rising above the material world and transcending into the absolute.

Flames no.11
Flames no.11

Below are video examples of the flame. The first is an animated gif and moves very fast. Although I have experimented with moving this into a longer clip the effect does not read as well as the repetition version does. This is best viewed on a browser that supports animated gifs.

Ladder in Flames animation
This version of animation comes from 100 still image files. The size is approx 7MB and may take some time to load.

This video read better in a smoother sequence with the flames moving much slower than they were when initially recorded.

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