Awareness of the space we humans operate in demands light, form and usage of our sensory apparatus. Over the past two years I have explored this space myself by being in total darkness for seven days in a row. Here one discovers that the mind operates largely as a mirror and that we reflect the basic elements we are part of: The pulse of the Earth and the Universe. It can bring joy and a form of unconditional cohesion.


The Book of Change called “I Ching” is the greatest work in Chinese philosophy. In short, it is about 64 hexagrams or change processes in nature and in human development potentials. The eight stages Sky, Earth, Thunder, Water, Mountain, Wind, Fire and Lake can be combined 8 x 8 times. Remarkably, the human DNA code is made up of exactly 64 codons. Both in ancient philosophy and modern science there is coherence.


For some people, I Ching is an oracle book, for others it is a meditation form of the image. For example, Fire under Water. The last example is the technique of The Closed Book.


C. G. Jung was occupied by a term he called intended synchronicity, the ability to actively face the power of unconsciousness. Consciousness is not isolated to the brain alone, but includes the universe. His memories describe his lifelong interest in the transformations book “I Ching”.


Basically, “I Ching”, is an opening to cohesion and unity.


My own method led me to number 64 zinc plates and paint them without reading the text, i.e. the text about the transformations. Fully open as a mirror. Each image measures 66x99 cms and consists of a wooden frame covered with polished zinc.


Subsequently, it has been most cogent to read the text's feedback on the creative process.


Below each image there is a short title and a number. Moreover, there are three developmental stages associated with the image.

1: The Shadow. 2. The Gift 3. The Siddi (a divine quality).

These stages are described by British poet Richard Rudd.


Doverodde, May 2017

Jens Thordal-Christensen

Etching board nr. 13

Singer Catrine Lervig. Interprets board nr. 13