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Interior Castle, acrylic on canvas, 24"x36" © 1988

"I began to think of the soul as if it were a castle
made of a single diamond or of very clear crystal,
in which there are many rooms, just as in Heaven,
there are many mansions."
--Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila
[trans: E. Allison Peers]

The superimposition of a single star on top of itself, forming a diamond at the center, depicts the transformations of identity and perception that occur upon entering the type of mystical state Teresa describes in Interior Castle. A shift in identity becomes increasingly fragmented until suddenly a threshold is crossed and a completely new identity is found in "union with God." The journey inward can also be seen as representing a transformation of sensory perception. What is lost is the sense of distinction between interior and exterior causing the sense of self to diffuse outward and the perception of the world to diffuse inward. more. . .

Interior Castle (Revisited), acrylic on canvas, 33"x33" © 1989 (private collection)

"For just as a great stream of water could never fall on us without having an origin somewhere. . .just so it becomes evident that there is someone in the interior of the soul who sends forth these arrows. . ."
--Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila
[trans: E. Allison Peers]

The cubes in Interior Castle (Revisited) represent the various dwelling places Teresa describes as composing her soul. One reason why I chose the cube shape to represent these dwelling places is because it is crystalline, referring to Teresa's idea of the "soul's castle" as being like "a very clear crystal." Another important attribute of the cube shape is that it, being composed of squares, corresponds to the square shape of the canvas. more. . .

David's Star, prismacolor on folio paper, 22" x 15 1/2" © 1988

Interior Castle (Revisited) II, acrylic on canvas, 26"x26" © 1990 (private collection)

Sun Storms, acrylic on canvas, 11" x 24" © 2000

Sun Spots II, acrylic on marker board, 23" x 17 1/2" © 2000 (private collection)

Shattered Glass, acrylic on canvas, 19" x 30" © 1990

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