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Allyson Grey


Allyson Grey is an artist and the co-founder of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM).

She is the wife and partner of artist Alex Grey, and mother of film actress Zena Grey. She has edited and co-authored over a dozen books and journals, and lectured widely. She works as an educator and muse to artists.

For thirty years, Allyson has expressed in her paintings an essentialized world view consisting of three root components: Chaos, order, and secret writing. These paintings consisting of tens of thousands of meticulously painted spectral squares, and a mystery language point to paradoxes of particles and waves, cells and systems, entropy and inter-reflectivity, and meaning, and the ineffable.

Chaos in these paintings symbolizes the material world where distinctions and entropy exist in all systems. Order in the work suggests the bliss realms one might experience in transcendental states of mystic unity sometimes called Nirvana, heaven, or the infinite divine. The secret writing is comprised of twenty unpronounceable letters, corresponding to the nameless presence, existent in all sacred writing, the spirit embedded in communication that cannot be reduced to concepts.

Allyson Grey holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston Museum School at Tufts University. Her work has been shown at Stux Gallery and O.K. Harris Gallery in New York City. Commissions of her permanent public works include a 24 foot mural at the First Bank of Lowell, Massachusetts. Her paintings have been collected by many corporations and individuals.

Intending to create spiritual art, I feel naturally attracted to abstraction and to a written sacred language. Every known religion reveres its holy writing. Sacred writing of all faiths, however, come into conflict through human interpretation as the written word defines the differences of philosophy and traditions, when truly the basis of all religion is unity and infinite love. In 1975 I began writing automatically in an invented or transmitted language. I do not give meaning to the symbols in my art as it is meaning that separates experience from expression. The alphabet that I use points to the notion of a sacred language beyond meaning. Some of the works call to mind the experience of seeing an illuminated text in a foreign language and religion. In recent work, I combine the icons of perfection (the Jewel Net) with the secret language, and images of chaos. Chaos in my art is the entropy of the units of spectrally arranged squares using a system of “planned randomness”, allowing every spectral unit to fall apart in a variety of ways — squares falling off of a corner or the spectral unit exploding from the center, etc. The three elements used in my work, Chaos, Order and Secret Writing, are non-literal representations of the sacred. – Allyson Grey


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