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Visible Reminders

Words are "hidden" within the larger paintings from the Visual Reminders series.

These words contain concepts reflecting the learning that is cabala.

Cabala is an ancient Jewish philosophy built upon a tradition of mystical interpretation of Scripture. Cabala may be spelled using many variants including: cabala, cabbala, cabalah, kabala, kabbala, kabbalah and qabalah. (English dictionaries show the preferred usage as "cabala" although many books in English on the subject use "kabbalah.")

One author calls cabala, . . . a guide book for the soul in its return path upward.

Cabalistic thought holds that everything in the universe is connected; thus, there are no coincidences in life. Every moment is a potential doorway to celestial guidance and inspiration. Study helps integrates the self with the cosmos.

One reason for hiding words behind paint is that I believe art works on the Jungian unconsciousness, conscious knowledge not being required. Viewers may recognize a message lays buried behind the paint, but that message remains unreadable in its entirety, even when examined closely. Anyone who consciously tries to "get the message" will not. Yet, in this striving, I believe viewers will succeed unconsciously . . . one of the many mysteries of life and art.

Within the Visual Reminders paintings, I created a grid of seeming order by hidding words in horizontal lines along with horizontal bands of color that were further ordered (and disordered) into a grid by seemingly random vertical drips.

The title for Visible Reminders comes from a line of poetry by T. S. Eliot:

The visible reminder of Invisible Light.

See Eliot, T. S. The Complete Poems and Plays 1909-1950, Harcourt, Brace and Company: New York, 1952, Choruses from "The Rock": IX, p.112.

Swartz painting OPEN DOORWAY (#420)
© 2001
BASID #420 (SOLD)

Swartz painting PARALLEL RELEVANCE (#421)
© 2001
BASID #421 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Open Doorway

acrylic on canvas
48" x 60"  (1.22m x 1.52m)
2001
Beth Ames Swartz
Parallel Relevance
acrylic on canvas
48" x 60"  (1.22m x 1.52m)
2001

Swartz painting TWO DIMENSIONS (#422)
© 2001
BASID #422 (SOLD)

Swartz painting LISTEN (#424)
© 2001
BASID #424 (SOLD)

Swartz painting PERCEIVED LIGHT (#423)
© 2001
BASID #423 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Two Dimensions

acrylic on canvas 
36" x 48"  (0.91m x 1.22m)
2001
Beth Ames Swartz
Listen

acrylic on canvas
36" x 48"  (0.91m x 1.22m)
2001
Beth Ames Swartz
Perceived Light

acrylic on canvas
36" x 48"  (0.91m x 1.22m)
200
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Color image of Swartz painting: There Is a Time© 2002
BASID #454

Beth Ames Swartz
There Is a Time

acrylic on canvas
48" x 72" (1.22m x 1.83m)
2002

Color image of Swartz painting:: In My End Is My Beginning © 2001-2002
BASID #437 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
In my end is my beginning
acrylic on canvas
48" x 72" (1.22m x 1.83m)
2001-2002

Color image of Swartz painting: Muted Light
© 2001
BASID #431 (SOLD)

Color image of Swartz painting: Apeture
© 2002
BASID #453 (SOLD)
Beth Ames Swartz
Muted Light
acrylic on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2001

Beth Ames Swartz
Aperture
acrylic on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2002

Color image of Swartz painting: Radiated Light
© 2002
BASID #429 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Radiated Light
acrylic on canvas
48" x 72" (1.22m x 1.83m)
2001

Color image of Swartz painting: Fallen Spark
© 2001
BASID #425 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Fallen Spark
acrylic on canvas
48" x 72" (1.22m x 1.83m)
2001

Swartz painting STRONG LIGHT (#426)
© 2001
BASID #426 (SOLD)

Swartz painting AFTER LIGHT (#456)
© 2002
BASID #456 (SOLD)

Swartz painting PATTERN DISCERNED (#434)
© 2001
BASID #434 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Strong Light

acrylic on canvas
60" x 48"  (1.52m x 1.22m)
2001

Beth Ames Swartz
After Light
acrylic on canvas  
60" x 48"  (1.52m x 1.22m)
2002

Beth Ames Swartz
Pattern Discerned

acrylic on canvas
60" x 48"  (1.52m x 1.22m)
2001

Color image of Swartz painting: With Song
© 2001
BASID #427 (SOLD)

Color image of Swartz Painting: The Still Point of the Turning Wheel
© 2001-2002
BASID #449 (SOLD)
Beth Ames Swartz
With Song
acrylic on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2001

Beth Ames Swartz
The Still Point of the Turning Wheel
acrylic on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2001-2002

Swartz painting HIDDEN VIEW (#432)
© 2001
BASID #432 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Hidden View

acrylic & mixed media on canvas
72" x 60"  (1.83m x 1.52m)
2001

Swartz painting IN SIX DAYS (#450)
© 2001-2002
BASID #450 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
In Six Days

acrylic on canvas 
66" x 54"  (1.68m x 1.37m)
2001-2002

Swartz painting IN-SIGHT (#447)
© 2002
BASID #447 (SOLD)

Swartz painting ONE SONG (#452)
© 2002
BASID #452 (SOLD)

Swartz painting ALL THINGS (#451)
© 2002
BASID #451 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
In-Sight
acrylic on canvas
48" x 36" (1.22m x 0.91m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
One Song

acrylic on canvas
48" x 36" (1.22m x 0.91m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
All Things

acrylic on canvas
48" x 36" (1.22m x 0.91m)
2002

Swartz painting REFRACTION #1 (#457)
© 2002
BASID #457 (SOLD)

Swartz painting REFRACTION #2 (#458)
© 2002
BASID #458 (SOLD)

Swartz painting REFRACTION #3 (#459)
© 2002
BASID #459 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Refraction #1

acrylic on canvas
30" x 30"  (0.76m x 0.76m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
Refraction #2

acrylic on canvas
30" x 30"  (0.76m x 0.76m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
Refraction #3

acrylic on canvas
30" x 30"  (0.76m x 0.76m)
2002

Swartz painting HEARING GREEN (#430)
© 2002
BASID #430 (SOLD)

Swartz painting TIME'S CALL (#442)
© 2002
BASID #442 (SOLD)

Swartz painting CYCLE #2 (#440)
© 2002
BASID #440 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Hearing Green
acrylic on canvas
24" x 20" (0.61m x 0.51m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
Time's Call
acrylic on canvas
24" x 20" (0.61m x 0.51m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
Cycle #2
acrylic on canvas
24" x 20" (0.61m x 0.51m)
2002

Swartz painting PATTERN DISCERNED #2 (#444)
© 2002
BASID #444 (SOLD)

Swartz painting ONE ROOT (#443)
© 2002
BASID #443 (SOLD)

Swartz painting REMEMBRANCE (#435)
© 2002
BASID #435 (SOLD)

Beth Ames Swartz
Pattern Discerned #2
acrylic on canvas
18" x 14" (0.46m x 0.36m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
One Root

acrylic on canvas
18" x 24" (0.46m x 0.61m)
2002
Beth Ames Swartz
Remembrance

acrylic on canvas
20" x 16" (0.51m x 0.41m)
2002