Nirvana

General:

The title of this design is Nirvana, the Artist is Elia Colombo and she captions the picture "Forget yourself and feel the Universe inside>" The image is of a light bulb sitting in a meditative posture, whose bulb is filled not with light, but starry space

Color Pattern: 

The background of this piece is completely white and featureless, while the body of the light bulb, as well as it's hands and legs are a few shades of light gray. Within the bulb the color is completely black dotted with white points of light. The filament for the Bulb (the little-coiled wire inside) what produces the kind of orange/yellow luminous light of a light bulb. But in the picture, it's a solid black wire, outlined in an opaque white, that helps distinguish it from the rest of the space filled Bulb. In terms of general Patterns, she uses loose points of white within the black bulb to help represent starry space. Then she uses a coiled pattern for the socket/body of the Bulb.

Figure Description: 

It's a light Bulb in a meditative pose. With a filament glowing inside the large bulb, beneath the bulb is the spiraling socket as the torso of the body, and extending horizontally from the left and right side of the socket are slender arms. At the end of each arm are four-fingered hands in the om position, with the forefinger and thumb touching, and the other two fingers extending outward. At the base of the socket are two slim legs crossed over one another. The lines used to create the general shape are sometimes angular (like at the joints in the hands and knees) but are otherwise gently curving. The contour lines are thick. 

Meaning & Being

I like this picture because it's an interesting subversion on what you'd expect Enlightenment to be. You'd kind of expect deep meditation to lead to a state that's luminous, bright and golden, how The Buddha is often depicted, and how a light bulb that's switched on does look. But here the bulb is not illuminated it's dark. And the space withing the bulb is expansive. Instead of becoming Golden, like a bright idea occurring, the inner space of the bulb has expanded to include several thousand points of light. It's a display of what enlightenment might feel like to the person experiencing it as pose to an what it would look like to an outside observer.  


Now You

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What Does it Mean to you. How does it Make you feel.