Old and New Light

by Pamela Diaz Martinez

Detail of Observed and Recorded Permutation of The Holy Spirit VIII

Observed and Recorded Permutation of The Holy Spirit VIII

Image #6

Physical Inspiration: Light Falling on a Fortune Teller

This image is strange and an early one in the series. It's approximately 50% erasing and 50% drawing. Every morning, I see light come in my room. Some mornings I have time to watch the light as it passes through these tiny little holes in the mini blinds in my apartment window. They cast the white dots you see in my erasing-drawing but land on the surface of a fortune teller, made by a student, that hangs on my wall. I asked one of the middle school boys at my former school to make me a fortune teller. If you need a reminder, it's a piece of paper that kids play with in hopes that it will determine a myriad of future events. For instance, how many children they will have or if there is a puppy in their future. It's somewhat triangular in nature, it sits on their fingers while kids hope for an answer underneath the flaps that have been folded. It moves in and out, in and out. There is a fortune teller in this drawing!

Spiritual Inspiration: What the Old and New Testament have to say about Light...

Old Light: Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, and said that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1: 3-4)

New Light: "If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” (Luke 11:36)

In this erasing-drawing light falls on the darkness of the flawed incapable fortune teller. Red - so that anyone seeing it will feel a sense of alarm and unease. And, only by the Holy Spirit can we have knowledge of and walk in the light. 

Enjoy!

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Title: Observed and Recorded Permutation of The Holy Spirit - VIII

9.5 inches x 21 inches-pastel erasing on dura-lar

Location: Bakersfield Museum of Art

Event: #OpeningReception Extended

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*price available upon request

*images will be posted in a random order every Saturday night at 11:59 p.m.

*each erasing has the same title with a roman numeral: Observed and Recorded Permutation of The Holy Spirit - I, II, etc.