Luis Geraldes Book
Sephirot Figures and the Tree of Life
The sephirot is an ancestral symbol found in some ancient cave drawing and burial sights used to represent the soul of the deceased. For me the sephirot carries connotations of the “other” and the mysterious. The linear figures dominant in many ancient inscriptions have to do with superstitious beliefs about human existence and supernatural forces. The figures stand waiting, they appear and disappear in space and time like energy expanding and contracting. They appear vulnerable and fragile, sometimes broken or over lapped by the forces of the elements of the cosmic ocean. The powerful wind from primeval ages thrusts through the figures with a surge of ancient dust and atomic particles to push away sections of their physical character, to reveal and give passage to a never-ending stream of energy.
The representation of the primal life forms including the Sephirot, shows that each of us has the potential to achieve great heights spiritually, through the inter connectedness with Creation and that we are responsible for each other and the whole of existence. They also assume a deep connection with reconciliation, order and balance within chaos.
Such life forms are ancient figures, silently surrendering and reconciling to a finite and infinite world. They are about energy, emotions and feeling states; they are simple at the first sight but complex on analysis.
The figures stand on the background like religious structures, centrally placed and developed within the egg shape/capsule. They have tranquil spiritual forces appearing as if they were embracing an eternal journey towards light. They appear like monolithic structures, like totems carrying within symbols that link them to past civilizations lost thought out the universe. At times they look like silent vessels surrounded and reconciling to both a finite (physical) and infinite (spiritual) world, containing analogies to religion, philosophies and rituals of a common past. At all times symbols assume a deep connection with reconciliation, order and balance within the chaos.
Regardless of where the symbols have been derived, artists capitalize on past symbols, or create their own, to evoke a harmonic collective system of ideas so as to link their art with an ancient trunk of wisdom. It is my understanding that recognizing the path of our spiritual journey re-creates a life force and shapes our existence within our sacred cosmic universe reconciling with our origins and the great cycle of creation. It is from this cosmic womb that all life is birthed and it is to it that life returns at the eternal death.
The next section highlights contemporary attempts to isolate the various threads of meaning and imagery that an artist combines to communicate with their audiences.