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Imagining Genesis in 3D

August 2, 2023

Written by: mindfulnesspaintings

Imagining Genesis in 3D is an attempt to capture the essence of creation and the interplay between light and darkness. My four-part Genesis series, born from this insatiable curiosity, took me on a transformative journey of self-discovery and artistic expression. It began with Genesis 1, a collection of five individual sculptures of angels, which later evolved into Genesis 2, Genesis 3, and Genesis 4. In this blog, I invite you to join me on a voyage through the Genesis series, where angels are born from “fairy-like” beings and then come alive through the captivating dance of LED lights.

Genesis 1: A Quest for Light and Dark
Imagining Genesis in 3D originated with a vision to sculpt angels representing Earth’s creation. However, my initial attempts left me dissatisfied with their appearance, which seemed too “fairy-like” for the grandeur of the subject. It was then that I began to wonder—did these dark angels somehow echo the “Night” that cloaked the face of the deep before creation? Were they symbolic of the moment when “God divided the light from the darkness”?

Genesis 2, Genesis 3, and Genesis 4: Embracing the Light
Driven by a desire to evoke the brilliance of light bursting forth “in the beginning,” I embarked on a transformative path. In Genesis 2, Genesis 3, and Genesis 4, I made subtle adjustments to the angels’ wings, colors, and enhancements, capturing a “lighter” interpretation of Earth’s inception. Imagining Genesis in 3D led me to experience a profound sense of connection to the act of “Let there be light.”

Incorporating Angels: A Dance of Light
As the journey unfolded, Genesis 2, Genesis 3, and Genesis 4 melded and became illuminated. My angels now worked together to represent distinct stages of Earth’s creation, brilliantly lit by LED lights from within a central, glowing “Earth” orb. This central orb served as a beacon, symbolizing the moment when “God divided the light from the darkness.”

Blue LED Lights: Symbolizing the Waters
The waters played a pivotal role in the creation narrative, as the “Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,” leading to the formation of the Seas. To embody this aspect of creation, Genesis 2, Genesis 3, and Genesis 4 were bathed in a captivating blue glow emanating from LED lights. I hoped the glow would connect the viewers to the essence of life’s beginnings.

Butterflies: A Tale of Beauty
Within each sculpture, delicate butterflies surrounded the scene, adding a touch of enchantment to the narrative. These ethereal creatures symbolized the abundance of life that emerged from the waters, echoing the divine command: “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life” and “that may fly above the earth.” I wanted these butterflies to represent the beauty of creation.

Conclusion: A Story of Creation
I am mindful of the ways my Genesis Series is a testament to my artistic journey, where the pursuit of light and the possibility of beauty, even in the darkness, led me to sculpt Earth’s origins. Through creating my 3D beings and the enchanting interplay of LED lights, I brought to life my vision of creation—a vision that helped me capture the essence of “let there be light” and the birth of Earth.

I hope my “Imagining Genesis in 3D” connects you to the endless dance between light and darkness that continues to call to us all. May this series serve as a reminder of the transformative power of art and the never-ending desire to understand ourselves better. Let us be mindful of the beauty of creation and embrace the light that shines within us and around us.

Click Here to See Genesis 1-4 on Exhibition

Click Here to See Genesis 1-4 as Part of the ECVA Exhibit Titled “The Power in Creating a Series of Artworks”

Click Here to Read About Genesis 1-4 in the Episcopal Journal

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This is a 3D Genesis sculpture that depicts angelic beings lit by a central, glowing "Earth" orb. Imagining Genesis in 3D is easier if the viewer envisions the captivating dance of LED lights.

Let There Be Light is a 3D sculpture that includes angelic beings that come alive through the captivating dance of LED lights. Envisioning Genesis in 3D is easier when the viewer sees my angels working together to represent distinct stages of Earth's creation. All are lit from a central, glowing "Earth" orb.


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