Installations in the BEAUTIFUL LIGHT series are derived from ideas that I have been fascinated with since childhood, most specifically, the phenomema of light and electricity and the role of light in our belief systems, language, biology, natural world and cosmology - light as illumination, energy, information - and as a metaphor for good and evil. It is also one of our earliest technologies - fire to drive out the night.
The term "Beautiful Light" is double edged, describing both the observable physical nature of pure light and representations in various belief systems and cultures - Egyptian, Greek, Judaism, and later, Christianity. In Egyptian mythology, the god Taht (Apollo in Greek) was represented as a "beautiful light" and this light represented knowledge itself. In the Bible, angels are described as beings of light - messengers of light.
In addition to my interest in light and electricity, I have a fascination with language and the codes that represent it, both analog and digital. The 4 LETTER WORD MACHINE, the first installation in the BEAUTIFUL LIGHT series, explores the purity of white light, the mystery of language, the precision of digital codes and the magic of 4 letters - A, C, G, T - representing the DNA code, and consequently, all known life.