111 Paintings is result of my search for originality in visual art.
Experimenting with lines and geometric symbols, I developed a code. I then challenged myself to create 111 paintings in my newfound style.
After the first few paintings, I found that meaning did not only reside in the encrypted messages of my paintings, but that there was additional meaning in the way I applied my code to the canvas. I realized then that my code was more than just a personal creation – it was a wellspring of a hidden, primordial reality.
After researching possible connections and foundations, I came to recognize the profound relationship between my technique and the ancient practice of cleromancy: divination by casting lots. By casting my code onto the canvas, I uncover endless layers of transformative meaning.
I continue my ongoing journey of cleromantic creation, and I welcome all those who join me on this path of mystical discovery.
Jay Smith – January 2017