In the art of Trine everything means something. It is a visualization and a thought experiment. I call it “Alchemic Punk.” The art is alive in a sense. It represents living things and real events, these are snapshots and even slices of moments in my life. Painted in surreal abstract Alchemic Punk.
This article is a summary of the different shapes and colors you will encounter. What those shapes stand for philosophically and metaphorically. It’s my hope that something here perks your interest changes the way you look at the world in a positive way.
The Primitive Shapes
The primitive shapes represent individual identifications or basic thoughts. Each shape is an abstract description, an archetype of thought.
The Three Categories
While the concepts in this art could be applied to anything, the art is made with the concept of thoughts behind it. Everything in the art represents various types of thoughts interacting with one another or changing due to influences from the world around them.
To begin this process we break the thoughts down into three different types of thoughts. I touch on these concepts in my posts on the mechanical nature of thoughts.
Spherical and round shapes – represent thinking thoughts which are the thoughts that we can hear in our head.
Triangular pyramidal shapes- represent moving thoughts which are not things we usually think of as thoughts. They are how our body communicates with the environment and moves itself around. Once we’ve taught ourselves a new skill, it is the moving thoughts that do all the coordination and get those tasks done without all the hard thinking work.
Cubic and Hexagonal shapes- represent emotional thoughts. These are thoughts that drive most of the other things that take place. They are also the thoughts we have the least amount of control over. They leap up and make themselves evident depending on what happens to us.
The extruded shapes correspond with the thinking, moving, and feeling meanings of the primitive shapes. The extruded shapes are usually in groups and form rings or spheres.
The extruded shapes represent mental structures that form through conditioning, practice, or repetition. These are thought compounds which are groups of thoughts that are always associated with one another and they happen automatically.
The compound shapes are loose groups of identifications that are familiar with one another through association. This is the most basic form of a thought complex or “chain of identifications.”
There’s is no end to how far theses complexes can grow. For the sake of artistic balance, I keep the forms abbreviated.
The evolved shapes represent identifications that have become so ingrained and so powerful they are noticable parts of the personality.
Rings and Curves
The rings and curves represent Aim over time. Each of the notches in the curve represent features that have become somewhat permanent features imprinted in the Aim. The features are created by experiencing certain events, reaching goals, and life-changing events.
The rings and curves are glimpses of an infinite assemblage that will never end. It is only for artistic balance that I make them closed circles or terminate the ends.
The Nested Shapes
The nested shapes represent point of view or perspective. We are always seeing things from a different perspective depending on what we are identifying with at the time when something happens.
Our perspective is just a point along our narrative.
Orbiting spheres represent polarity, positive and negative, yin and yang, dark and light, inner and outer, etc. The larger sphere represents the currently dominant polarity. The smaller sphere that orbits the larger one represents the other polarity in potential waiting for its chance to shift.
Positive and negative dark and light they’re always in an eternal dance with one another.
Cables and Ribbons
Narratives are how we see life. The narrative is a point of view over time.
Chief features are identifications that become so pronounced they are our main personality traits. These are identifications are so pronounced we know we have these traits. Often, we feel like they are our best qualities, even though they cannot be.
The colors represent the types of identifications. The golden colors represent ingrained thoughts. Thoughts that have become so mechanical that they are habitual. These are the thoughts that make up our personality and make us who we are. When we see the brassy gold color we are looking at a metaphor for our self.
Silver and gray
The silver gray colors represent thoughts and identifications that are of our essence. These are the thoughts and identifications that we are born with, thoughts that we all have and share.
I am sparing with the silver and gray, the represent something that is present in very limited quantities.
Gold and yellow
Gold represents thoughts and identifications that are of our personality. This is something that’s forever changing depending on who and what it’s interacting with at the moment.
I’m very generous with the golds and yellows, it seems as if we are all personality and ego.
Red green blue and blue-green
The red greens and blues describe elemental signature of the thoughts or identification.
These colors are always alternating or slowly turning to gold as they become part of the personality or forgotten for the next identification.
The various bits and pieces that are in off hues from the main structures. He’s off colors I am using just to represent states of transition and change.
The colors should be seen as always transforming from silver, blue, red green, and blue green into the golden colors. This transformation is meant to depict the change of our personality as we interact with the world around us.