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Holy Trinity II : Light

By definition, the Holy Trinity is an image of the divine, not able to be imagined by humans in its completeness, and therefore unrepresentable.

My computer-generated drawing tries to find a metaphor for the transcendental. It finds this in things of this world, specifically in the scientific principle of additive colour-mixing as used in the shadow mask of a cathode-ray tube. It is only when perceived by the human eye and mind that the three primary colours red, green and blue combine to form white.

White appears as the absence of any colour, but in fact it contains all colours. It expresses brightness, light, and to the greatest imaginable extent. Red, green and blue combine to produce something that is not only qualitatively different, but utterly distinct: it is of a new category. White, light itself, is associated with the highest levels of clarity, truth and knowledge.

My metaphor represents the Holy Trinity as a process, as a state that is constantly reiterating itself, that is never complete, and is therefore infinite. In this way, the constituent entities are not dissolved, and are not submerged in their unity, nor are they depleted. Rather, they remain individually discernible even while simultaneously producing something new.

In the moment captured here, the unity of white light that emerges from the three clouds takes a triangle-like form. This references the symbol for the Trinity, just as the three primary colours of the clouds stand for the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Yet one wonders whether the clearly discernible form of a triangle can be explained solely by a chance conjunction of the clouds, or whether it is in fact the work of a "higher will".

Outer space is chosen as the setting for this Trinity metaphor. This establishes another metaphorical axis:
Outer space as "heaven", where God "lives", where modernity attempts to uncover the origin of the world with probes, rockets and rays, as a juncture between that which is explorable by technical-scientific means and the ultimately incomprehensible and unthinkable, where concrete worlds become small points of light.
Outer space as infinity, where the transcendental-divine, light, and knowledge reside, but constantly change and are renewed, without ever being apprehensible.