Images from the exhibit
Photography by Hawkinson Photography
In 2008 I was finishing my Master of Fine Arts degree in sculptural stained glass. I had experienced a vision (a dream, a hope – “vision” is a good word for it) which greatly impacted my Thesis work, and impelled me to produce a series of sculptures and exhibit titled The Windows of Dzyan: Relics from a Theosophical Scrapbook. Although there are few direct references in the sculptures themselves, the motivation and direction of focus were largely influenced by the writings of both Mme. Blavatsky and my hero Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Lambert Academic Publishing came across the work and asked if they could publish it, and now you can have your very own copy of The Windows of Dzyan: A Theosophical Scrapbook.
This from the back cover:
In 2008 I built a series of 12 sculptural stained glass works examining the visual symbols of 5 different cultures. The exhibit displayed at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah was titled The Windows of Dzyan: A Theosophical Scrapbook; in addition to the sculptural work displayed it was also a comparison of the teachings of Theosophist Mme. Helena Petrovna Blavatski with the teachings of the Prophet and Founder of the LDS Christian Movement, Joseph Smith, Jr. – 19th Century Americans of distinctly unique vision. Using symbol as a vehicle to cultural understanding, the process of building the sculptures led to an appreciation of the shared concerns, desires, and hopes of these diverse and disparate views. Through their vast differences, I learned to see the desire, intent, and hope for constructive growth we all possess in our shared humanity. Includes technical data on techniques and materials used.