aequare contemplations

“When  we understand an important equation for the first time, we glimpse deeper structures to the world than we suspected, in a way that reveals a deep connection between the way the world is and how we experience it.” -Robert Crease

These works are all a part of an ongoing theme,“Aequare Contemplations”, which explores the language of math through the meditative process and visual language of Tibetan Buddhist sand mandalas. “Aequare”, the Latin root for equation, means to make even or level. By representing the equations with the visual language and symbolism of the Buddhist theology; the work intends to comment on the both the human genesis of each contemplation, as well as the transformative nature each language provides in understanding our own impermanence.

Each image within the theme utilizes a combination of both an equation, deemed beautiful or important by various cultures, and the visual language of the Buddhist theology; specifically the characteristics of Tibetan Buddhists, as this practice creates mandalas from sand as a meditation on impermanence whilst practicing analytic meditation (intellectual analysis used to generate a deep understanding of a particular virtuous object). The thesis, first propounded by German mathematician Frege, that mathematics is reducible to logic also aligns to Tibetan Buddhists belief that a person's capacity for analytic meditation can be trained with logic. In both aspects, through visualization one learns to understand experience itself as pure, and as an abode of enlightenment.

The equations are further represented visually by usage of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism: a Conch Shell, a Lotus, a Wheel, a Parasol, an Endless Knot, a Pair of Golden Fishes, a Victory Banner, and a Treasure Vase. Using the symbols and colours found in Tibetan Buddhist practices, the project intends to correspond the Eight Auspicious Symbols with eight separate equations.