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Lisa DeLong: Celestial Navigation

February 3rd - February 25th, 2023


wholeness, unity, eternity, completeness, the mother of shape, boundedness, perfection, the Divine



grounded, fixed, orientation, stability, enclosure, structured, materiality and physicality, constancy amid change


Fundamentally, these two symbols are echoed and implied in every curved arc and straightline. Embedded in the process of drawing is an exploration of their interdependentsymbolism. They are drawn with compasses and square.

Celestial Navigation explores the interrelationship of Earth and Heaven and how wenavigate their tensions as individuals and communities. Amidst the geometry, the number12 is a recurring theme. This number is connected with cosmological governance andinextricably linked to our regulation of time and space.

These works seek a balance of care and chaos. Lines precisely drawn with technical pens arepaired with handmade paints full of natural variation. These paintings also feature twometals: gold – eternal and unchanging; and copper – like us, responsive to the environment.Several patterns in this body of work reflect the influence of Islamic geometric design andWestern cathedral architecture. Lisa is deeply indebted to the wisdom, generosity, andinsight of those who precede and accompany her in geometric exploration.

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