Thursday, 17 October 2013

Djoser Ab

Djoser Ab
My latest painting is Djoser Ab.

The conception for the piece occurred in meditation, and the choice of color - and in fact a major inspiration for the piece - came from my admiration for the work of an online artist friend, the artist being Zap. (See the blog post where I featured Zap in here).

I am particularly fond of how how Zap utilizes fluorescence in his work, and I wanted to experiment with fluoro colors in this piece. Not every color is fluorescent, but the ones that are offset and interact with the non fluorescent palette rather well I feel. I did not want to produce a totally fluoro piece - that is already done spectacularly by Zap himself - but am happy with my first attempt at doing so in this work.

The eight limbed image surprised me when I conceived it, as I am not as taken with Ancient Hindu art in the same way as I am with Middle Eastern art, but the conception works perfectly for each Ab to be individually presented.

The main image is the subject in a state of becoming with the essences of Heru and Set; or put another way, balancing Bawy within and thus reaching an exalted state. (There is a particularly lovely image of Bawy and a beautiful protection heka on Sardurir's blog here).

Djoser Ab detail - heads

Djoser Ab detail Atum, Shai

The central figure reveals that the process involves a mastery and understanding of principles of the heart that he presents with each arm. The hearts include as their expression:

Djoser Ab detail - Geb, Heka

Set in glorified state
Mastery of physicality and physical power
Mastery of creative expression and understanding through the lenses of the Kemetic
The alloy electrum

Djoser Ab detail - Sopdet, Physicality

I know I always say that the photos don't do the actual paintings I make justice, but in this case it can not be overstated. The fluorescent colours make this piece so vibrant!

Djoser Ab detail - Kemetic lense, Electrum

"Djoser Ab" is my 16th Kemetic work to date and is a companion piece to a future work - as yet untitled - which I consider the original version of the piece you see today.

Djoser Ab detail - Set in a glorified state
The title - which means "Sacred Heart" - has a deep meaning for me, as the awful schools I attended when growing up had the same name, and the concept of the sacred heart has always meant something negative for me as a result. In seeking and discovering my own sacred heart, a healing has occurred where that is no longer the case.

Djoser Ab detail - lotus

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Perspective and realization

In the last week, two people I know online have provided simultaneously and without prompting some major insights on viewing the religion of Ancient Kemet in a totally different way than we do today.

It is not the first time I have come across this: Schwaller de Lubicsz says in his books that understanding Egyptian thought requires a completely different way of thinking - another mindset altogether if you will - in order to truly understand it.

The words that were sent me struck me so profoundly that I asked to publish them here, and consent was given:

All true religion unites the human with the Divine, thus the Kemetic religion was religion, and that culture was driven by the mechanisms through which human beings were brought instantly into the Divine presence.  Also, the Kemetic religion sought to bring the Divine into the human sphere.  Every ritual, every act performed in the Per-Netjer, and the Per-Netjer itself, was a meeting place between humankind and the Gods.
Real religion offers such a meeting place, where the human heart, enthused by devotion and worship, becomes a vessel through which Netjer incarnates and the human is experienced as Divine. 
Do not let your prejudice against modern organized religions pollute your heart and sever your communion with Netjer.  To know the Gods one must enter into the awesome moment of duwa, worship, adoration, where the heart and mind recognize the greatness and goodness of the Netjer.  Without duwa one can never know the Netjeru nor come into their presences.  
The Kemetic religion sought and seeks to bring Netjer and humanity into the same space through which the act of creation may continue, and asfet pushed back.  This is an interdependent relationship.  Our task as servants of Netjer is to maintain creation by maintaining a living link with the Netjeru from which creation comes forth. 
Conquer your prejudices and your ego, and you will know the true meaning of Heka, the source and entirety of Kemetic religion.
Written by Ptahmassu
Ptahmassu's website is here
Previous post about Ptahmassu as an artist here
Another post with wise words from Ptahmassu: The Divine and the human

The point I am trying to make is that the ancient Egyptians were attuned to everything around them – they had no religion, they had a belief system and a way of life that was far superior to ours. We are only just beginning to tap into the wonders of this civilisation and mustn't stop at images and a profusion of gods….
Written by Judith Page
Judith's website is here

Detail from upcoming painting "Djoser Ab"; this part of the piece I call "Neb Set"

Related posts:
Spiritual but not religious
Yesterday, Today and the Future: Kemetic Re-Manifestation
Exploring Netjer Today
A wonderful articulation / musings on my non-religious approach to Kemeticism
Faith, Myrrh, more FIMO: Set and Heru-Wer