This week’s blog posts are all by Amanda Jolley. Last week saw Michelle Belto introducing our collaborative series; this week Amanda! Enjoy and savor the uniqueness of each~


Michelle Belto did a wonderful job introducing you to the parameters set for our collaborative show. With Seven Instructors, Seven Colors and Seven 7×21 Ampersand Encausticbords, the theme naturally flowed, Seven Degrees of Connection. The number seven (7) has deep spiritual significance in many places. There are 7 main Chakras or energy centers of the body. As told, the 7th day of creation is the day the Creator rested and declared all creation good. Seven days complete a week. Seven represents perfection, completion, wholeness; and where there is the spiritual, there is math. Did you know “Seven, the fourth prime number, is not only a Mersenne prime (since − 1 = 7) but also a double Mersenne prime since the exponent, 3, is itself a Mersenne prime. It is also a Newman–Shanks–Williams prime, a Woodall prime, a factorial prime, a lucky prime, a happy number, the only Mersenne safe prime, and the fourth Heegner number.”

Thank you, Wikipedia.

Isn’t that exciting?!

It is for me.

Here’s another fun math fact for you from Wikipedia: A degree is a measurement of plane angle, representing 1⁄360 of a full rotation. 360 has 24 divisors, making it one of only 7 numbers such that no number less than twice as much has more divisors. Furthermore, it is divisible by every number from 1 to 10 except 7.
And that’s the thing that struck me, how much I love math and how it speaks to my work, and how many other of the instructors really don’t get all excited about math. We are each very different in our approach to creativity, to details, to the big picture, to how we process information, to life itself. But the seven of us combined, whoa, it’s kind of a magical gathering of minds. And I don’t mean to sound like we’re a special seven. I believe if seven random artists were gathered together to work on a collaborative show, the wholeness, the completeness of thought, would be represented in the seven of those artists. Each is so unique that bringing together of seven brings a completeness and balance to the approach. I haven’t seen what the others have created yet, but I believe there will be a beautiful dialogue between all 49 paintings that could only come from this place of wholeness.
And so my approach was initially geometric, sort of (I’m from the rare breed of math nerd who thrives on imperfection).


These initial marks, the beginning layer, represent our separateness, our unique approach to existence, our fitting together on the plane of this universe. The spaces between represent our functioning on this plane without cognition of the others, and how, even without cognition, our movement and shifts would affect the space of the others.