I’m in love with a building

 plato department of justice copy 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."To See" by Kim Marchesseault 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?

5 Responses

  1. from: Progress of Beauty at

    As Joseph Campbell writes in the introduction to The Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas (1991), The goddess was the single source of all life who took her energy from the springs and wells, from the sun, moon, and moist earth, a symbolic system that represents cyclical, mythical time. Consequently we find signs of dynamic motion; whirling and twisting spirals, winding and coiling snakes, circles, crescents, horns, sprouting seeds and shoots. Ironically, the snake was a symbol of life energy and regeneration, not of evil. Campbell says that even the colors had a different meaning than in the Indo-European symbolic system. Black did not mean death or the underworld; it was the color of fertility, the color of damp caves and rich soil, of the womb of the Goddess where life begins.

    White, on the other hand, was “the color of death, of bones, while red signified the blood of life.”
    ~end quote~

  2. Very touching post. I like both pictures very much, the second one a bit more.

  3. hehe…It was late. I was having a strange revelation!

  4. I fell in love with the Vietnam War Memorial & National Cathedral decades ago. My interest in Maya Lin’s monument led me to discover American sculptor Frederick Hart (http://www.frederickhart.com/).

    ~MadSilence the older & wiser

  5. Nice! I checked out that link. beautiful work.

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