I had the pleasure of a visit to Washington, DC over Thanksgiving. The Department of Justice building struck me in the heart. The words carved in it meant so much to me I can’t explain. It turns out that the quote on the entrance of the building is of Plato. “Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as it first resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.” I didn’t even go inside of this building. Just walking around it and reading the inscriptions on it was an awakening for me. I can’t explain. I have to go back.
The drawing for this first painting came from nowhere. I drew it one day, years ago, when I was furious about an injustice. I wrote this about it on Tristate Sculptors:
The third eye is represented in her hair. Vulnerability is represented by her nudity. Fierceness is in her expression. She has no eyes, just empty eye sockets, but is seeing on a spiritual level. This painting has a significant influence on my current work.
The second painting is called “To See”. It is an attempt to make “Lady” more modest and is inferior in every way imaginable with the exception of the new title. The new title lead to enlightenment. I did some reading on Plato when I got home.
Socrates says that he who sees with his eyes is blind. He was Plato’s teacher.
I died once, a long time ago when I was fifteen years old. I was escorted out of Hell by someone in a red robe who said “This isn’t the place for you. We have a plan for you.”
Tonight I looked at a painting of Plato. He was wearing a red robe.
What is it about the color red?
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