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Artistic mystic: Science and the spirit in the art of Daniel Martin Díaz

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 11:39 pm, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

“The greatest minds and creators have led us through history and have placed upon us a foundation for greatness, an ambition to strive for the best humanity can achieve; yet still we search,” writes Paula Catherine Valencia in her essay “Map of the Soul” in Soul of Science, a new book of artwork by her husband, Daniel Martin Díaz. Scientists may be no more adept at elucidating the meaning of existence than artists, who also investigate the unknown using their various mediums. For Díaz, that medium is drawing. Soul of Science, published in 2013 by the couple’s own Mysticus Publishing (www.sacredmachine.com), explores the mysteries of science with a collection of essays by professionals working in such fields as physics, mathematics, chemistry, and bioengineering.

Díaz’s graphite drawings do not serve as illustrations for the text. It’s the other way around; the text tackles themes reflected in the artwork. For instance, bioengineer Greg L. Golden explores hierarchies in the structure of Díaz’s Spirit Machine. The work depicts a man lying on his back who’s connected to a symmetrical, mandala-like constellation of spheres by a series of interwoven lines. The man lies at one end of the spectrum of a hierarchy, and at the other end is a vision of the divine spirit that animates him. At least, that’s one reading. Golden writes that the “circuit” depicted in Spirit Machine “represents the act of computation or transmutation of the spirit into the human lying supine at the bottom of the picture.”

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