Room 1-2-3 (4-5)

                                                                                                                                      Cornfield - Room    floorplan   76' diameter  



  Room 1-2-3 (4-5)   Digital design concept


Drawing on influences European, American, and East Indian, and occupying the lower half of the Cornfield ground directly opposite Chorale, is  Room 1-2-3 (4-5) .     

A mural of five paintings in oil, Room is themed on the yogic philosophy of the Five Functions of God (Self, or Nature).  In addition to the more obvious three functions of nature - creation, sustenance, and dissolution - there is also the function of grace, wherein you perceive God, Self, or Spirit both within and without . . . and the function of concealment, in which such knowledge and direct experience of God is hidden or forgotten.  The five paintings are  (l to r):  Jain Painter (Creation - the Seed Sower and Initial Step),  Olympia (Sustenance - The Mother and Nuturer of All),  Shiva (Dissolution - the God of Destruction),  Death of the Corn Goddess? (Concealment - nowhere is God more hidden than in acts of violence),  and  Stroll to the Lake  (Grace, the Path Revealed).   All that happens in the Universe - within the world, within one's culture, within the body and mind, within the individual and all of one's relationships to living beings and the Environment - exhibits one or more of these five functions.  From this point of view, God does it all in the ultimate game of hide and seek, from the motions of the Universe to our most intimate thoughts and feelings.  The same ideas are echoed in the companion piece, Burning Sheaves.

                                                                                                 Room 1-2-3 (4-5)     48"H x 23'0"W    Oil on linen and wooden panel   

                                  Jain Painter (creation),  Stroll to the Lake (grace),  Olympia (sustenance),  Death of the Corn Goddess? (concealment),  Shiva (destruction)

                                                                                                               Above:   Burning Sheaves     48"H x 66"W   Oil on canvas        









                                                   Apotheosis of the Corn Goddess                                                                                                                              Burning Sheaves     



                                                                                                                                                  Cornfield Storyboard    Plate 3 of 33

                                                                        (Center image:   Bhagavan Nityananda  of Ganeshpuri, India, as a young yogi      Photo credit:  unknown)



                                                                                           "Find that flame,  that love,  that wonderful Man,  who can burn beneath the water.

                                                                                                                              No other kind of light will cook the food you need."








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