THE ART PROCESS: Psychedelic Art Part II
The word psychedelic means “mind manifesting”. What Alex Grey makes clear to us in his paintings is the energy (both good and bad) of the human being. In the late 70’s Grey had a series of etheogenically induced “mystical” experiences that transformed his agnostic existentialism to radical transcendentalism. In short: he tripped on LSD regularly and thus came forth his postmodern paintings with sacred themes radiating incredibly.
Many of his paintings, especially his life-sized series of 21 paintings called The Sacred Mirrors which examine the physical and metaphysical anatomy of a human being, represent in great detail the skeleton, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. He paints humans praying, meditating, kissing and so on, with religious symbols such as auras, icons, and chakras.
To learn more about Alex Grey and his divine works of art, check out his website.
- Jess Petrella