“…Only from the deep coal tunnels
White diamonds come.
But only by the light
They are recognized…”
Akiane’s Co-Creating is featured elsewhere in this blog as an example of artists who feel their talent is somehow a reflection of the creative nature of the universe. Divine Knowledge is another of Akiane’s works that speaks to the design of the universe and our yearning to understand it. If we use our chisel to follow the evidence where ever it leads, will we find the diamond? Perhaps we have already found the diamond (DNA) and just don’t fully realize it, or are still discovering its implications. Here are Akiane’s comments about this painting (keep in mind she was age 11 when she wrote this):
“This painting was particularly hard for me, because I have changed it so many times and ended up using two models and two completely different backgrounds. It took me a few months to paint its full meaning and another five months of prayer to fully understand it.
This is the painting about search for divine knowledge.
The young sculptor represents our civilization mostly ruled by the male. His youth shows that our civilization is still immature. The sculptor is chiseling a huge heap of coal in order to find the diamond representing divine knowledge.
The sculptor ignores the pain, strain, hardship and temptation of everything surrounding him. All he focuses on is on finding this particular diamond, and he knows that if he chisels long enough through the black coal layers, representing human knowledge, he will finally see the diamond of divine knowledge.
In the background of a cave the contrast of ice and hot rocks represent the world of contrasts we live in.
The melted ice that formed a narrow stream flowing through, symbolizes humanity’s thirst for knowledge that can be quenched only by God’s light.”
Visit Akiane’s website and click on the image for a more detailed view of the painting.