Alex Grey Research Paper

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Alexia Blair
Artist Collaboration
April 3, 2013

Alex Grey

On November 29, 1953 Alex Grey was born in Columbus, Ohio. His father worked as a graphic designer and prompted young Alex to nurture his drawing ability. From the beginning, his artwork reflected the themes of transcendence and death. Grey developed a love of art and went on to study at the Columbus College of Art and Design for two years, and then spent one year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. When Grey was in art school in Boston, he met his wife, Allyson Rymland Grey, who is also an artist. It was during this time period he had mystical experiences induced by LSD and other plants and substances that allow you to get in touch with the divine that had an impact on the direction of his work. After art school, Alex Grey worked at Harvard in the anatomy department, during which time he studied the anatomical design of the human body and prepared for work as a medical illustrator. He worked at Harvard's department of mind/body medicine with Dr. Herbert Benson and Dr. Joan Borysenko, conducting scientific experiments to investigate subtle healing energies. He was also an instructor in Artistic Anatomy and Figure Sculpture at New York University.
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His main point behind the Sacred Mirrors was to get people to rethink life. The first panel in the series is called The Material World; it is a lead sheet, shaped into the silhouette of a person. The painting has actual mirrors in it, which are fractured, so when you look at yourself, you see a distorted image of yourself. Metaphorically, you cannot see yourself undistorted or unsecured in the material world. Next was the skin. Here it is shown how we see our differences, instead of our similarities. The last section of the paintings is the Psych Energy System. The message behind this series of paintings is to view the world as

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