The Book of Changes is at least 2500 years old, and was originally used as an oracle. The eight trigrams were conceived as images of the continual transitions in heaven and on earth. The eight images were combined with one another at a very early date, for a total of sixty-four signs.
There is the suggestion for right action for each situation. This allows the individual to share in shaping fate, making it possible to become independent of the tyranny of events. As long as events are in their beginnings they can be controlled. It is also a book of wisdom. Change is perceived as the continuous transformation of the one force into the other and as a cycle of connected phenomena subject to the universal law, Tao. Every event in the visible world is affected by the immutable, eternal law at work in all change in the unseen world. By seeing the seeds of past and future changes we can better understand what is to come.
In January 2012, I started a series of "Symbolic Landscapes" inspired by the sixty four hexagrams of the I Ching. Incorporating chance even into the procedure, I throw coins to choose a hexagram each time a painting is started and contemplate the result as I think or dream an image. My work has always referenced the landscape of northern New England and this series continues that exploration, but with an interior dimension of symbols and geometric juxtapositions.