Geometric Play with Fives and Sixes
I am particularly fond and proud of this painting. This one was made using simple tools at first - protractor and ruler - so the geometry here is more precise, but not perfect, and the feeling of three-dimensionality is pretty strong. The image is basically divided into nine sections - hinting at the first nine Sefirot. Notice how some of these sections are hexagons with six-pointed stars (hexagrams); and some are pentagons with five-pointed stars (pentagrams). This motif hints at the Sefirot (three by three) with the fractal repetition within each section expressing the tenth and final Sefirah Malkhut.
Although Jewish people usually claim the six-pointed star as our own and call it a Jewish Star or the Star of David, and it does appear on the Israeli flag, this star can be found used by many cultures around the world. Playing with Geometry is a universal pleasure.
Because the five-pointed star is sometimes used in association with Satanism or Witchcraft it gets a bad rap - especially when turned upside-down. But the five-pointed star is a wonderful geometric shape full of Golden Ratio relationships (associated with the number Phi 1.618....) which are abundant in the forms of nature - spirals and flower forms, etc. - and the number 5 has many Jewish associations as well: The Five Books of the Torah; the Five Partzufim of the Lurianic Kabbalah; and how the 360 degrees of a circle divide by 5 into 72 (a number associated with many Holy Names - see my Tapestry of Holy Names and 72 Holy Names). It is also interesting to me that the Three Mother Letters (Aleph, Mem and Shin) that I use in many of my pictures are the first, thirteenth and twenty-first Hebrew letters, which are all numbers that are members of the famous Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, ...) which is closely related to Phi and the Golden Ratio.