Monday, 30 April 2018

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs Of Quantum Light

In my artwork I incorporate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. As this has been my practice for a few years now, my curiosity around the medu (the name the ancients used for what we call hieroglyphs) has increased. 

I have taken some online courses to better my understanding of same. My interest is professional in that it applies to my art, but amateur as far as being unable to transliterate or translate glyphs (where I have incorporated hieroglyphic phrases and words into my art I commission professional Egyptologists to do so).

During a recent meditation session, the hieroglyph that Egyptology designates through Gardiner’s Sign List as X8 appeared. 

Hieroglyph X8 "di"

The sign represents the word “give” and is thought to show a conical loaf of bread. In the meditation it came through that a more accurate meaning is “to imbue”.

I was “given” this glyph as “a gift” with the message that the sign is in fact a representation of “light”. At first I was not surprised as there has been an explanation of this glyph being a “stylized flame”. But surely the Ancient’s would have rounded the sides of the triangle shape if this were the case?

I decided to ask a brainy quantum mechanics-oriented colleague, Frank Pollio, this question: “What would a mathematical or geometrical representation of light look like based on our current scientific understanding?” I wanted to see if this glyph showed up somehow.

Surprisingly, my colleague sent me this article from Cosmos Magazine in 2016 by Melbourne based journo Cathal O’Connell which featured the image below:

Photo credit: FUW from Cosmos Magazine - article cited above

It is a reconstruction of a raw image of light particles uncovered by a Polish team from the University Of Warsaw.

Taking just one of the 4 triangles it is not hard to see that the hieroglyph X8 does relate. Why the Ancients elongated the triangle tip I don’t know, but perhaps this will be revealed in time.

What is more curious for me was that the image of the four triangles facing in toward each other bares similarity to another glyph also, and it too relates to light! 

It is the glyph designated as Q7 which is thought to be a lamp and represents the words for flame, illumination and heat. Curiously, in the hieroglyphic representation the tip is elongated and in this case has a trailing tail.

Hieroglyph Q7 "Khet"

I find these instances of correlation fascinating. I have theories about other glyphs too, but the ones listed here are the ones that seem to have back up from science. 

Thanks go to Cathal O'Connell for his article and Frank Pollio for his research, as well as Dr. Charles Muses. 

Friday, 13 April 2018

The Unlikely Mystagogue

The Unlikely Mystagogue
Acrylic on wood panel
16" x 20"
April 2018

I created sketches 3 sketches last year that were each a variation on the theme evident in this painting The Unlikely Mystagogue. The resulting work is primarily the 2nd of those sketches but incorporates elements from each.

The sketches also inspired a script for a short film, which I rendered in storyboard form. The film was going to be a 4 minute film noir with animation overlays where a contemporary man, dissatisfied with lack of meaning in his world, finds meaning after being visited in a dream by 3 of the Kemetic time gods.

The Unlikely Mystagogue has more than a passing resemblance to my work from last year, Nehebukau And The Ocean Of Reassurance because both works refer to the same event and location, which is Sorrento Beach in Melbourne, Victoria.
The formation of 4 Netjeru in the foreground of the painting took various forms in the original sketches referred to above, however the result shown in the resulting work was inspired by the design of the pulpit in the church that I was taken to as a child growing up in Adelaide, South Australia. Image of pulpit can be found in this post from 2013.

The 4 deities featured are Nehebukau, Sekhmet, Set and Heru.

The Unlikely Mystagogue was completed in April 2018 and was the 2nd completed work post my exhibition earlier that year. It is acrylic on particle board, 16” x 20”.