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07 May


JazzCakes, 100:Postcards brings together artists and designers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to produce a body of work loosely based around the themes of community, communication and networks. Each Artist was allocated a specific number which would inform their work.

My submission number was 36 and  the fruits of my research into this particular number were startlingly relevant to me and to my work as a whole: considering that I am interested in pattern,  the interpolation of objects/images to cascade a greater cosmicity of meaning and  interpretation,  and, the idea of having a shared consciousness and that everything is interconnected.

36 – Is the ‘Human number’ which embraces the idea of universal community, communication, harmony and interconnectedness with all beings, elements, numbers and seasons as posited by the teaching of Pythagoras. The study of geometry, geometric solids, music and astronomy was key to understanding God, man and the forces of nature.

’36′ (Deus Absconditus – the Hidden God, Abraxas, symbolised by the Tetraktys). (2011)

Digital Giclée Print mounted upon 3mm PVC Foamex
Substrate: Innova FibaPrint White Matte 285gsm
Image size: 63.5 mm x 95.3 mm
Museum Glass and Black Wooden Box Frame: 101.6 mm x 152.4 mm

The TETRAKTYS [also known as the Decad] is an equilateral triangle formed from the sequence of the first ten numbers. (Pythagoras considered 10 the ‘great number of all things, the archetype of the universe.’)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Aligned in four rows, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10
‘The Tetraktys…is both a mathematical idea and a metaphysical symbol that embraces within itself—in seed like form—the principles of the natural world, the harmony of the cosmos, the ascent to the divine, and the mysteries of the divine realm. So revered was this ancient symbol that it inspired ancient philosophers to swear by the name of the one who brought this gift to humanity — Pythagoras.’
The Tetraktys was also referred to as the Kosmos, the World, because it formed the number 36, when its digits were combined:
1 + 2 = 3
3 + 4 = 7
5 + 6 = 11
7 + 8 = 15
3 + 7 + 11 + 15 = 36

The same result can also be achieved by adding the first four odd numbers to the first four even numbers:
1 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 16
2 + 4 + 6 + 8 = 20
16 + 20 = 36
The idea of the postcard, is explored in this work, as a physical embodiment of the sublime and transcendental ‘message’ of sacred knowledge and universal wisdom. The geometry of the oblong postcard having four corners also correlates:
‘If one and two initiate creation, three and four completes the process. Therefore, the tetrad, four, represents completion. Everything in the universe, both natural and numerical, is completed in the progression from one to four as 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10, which brings us back to the decad, the Tetraktys.

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