Maya 2012: Portals of Infinity

Water Temple
Temple of the Mist
Fri 21 Dec 2012 to Sun 3 Feb 2013
Mayan Temples, Entrances and Gateways to the future.
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Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. Crn…
Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. Crn Bruce and Dixon St. Masterton


Maya 2012: Portals of Infinity is a collection of digital montages, acrylic paintings and etchings mainly about the ancient Maya to celebrate the passage from one great Age to another, as well as a metaphor for the passage from an outer profane space to an inner sacred space. According to the Mayan calendar the 21st December 2012 marks the end of a great 5125 year cycle of time. The Maya see this date as the beginning of a New Era, not the End of the World, as western culture has depicted it. They see it as a time of great celebration. What does it all mean? Mayan Day-keepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, a portal to the World of the Fifth Sun. It is the start of a new era resulting from and signified by the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the Earth aligning itself with the center of the galaxy.”At sunrise on December 21, 2012 for the first time in 26,000 years the Sun rose to conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. This cosmic cross is considered to be an embodiment of the Sacred Tree, The Tree of Life, a tree remembered in all the world’s spiritual traditions. Why Portals? I have always been fascinated by archways, gateways and entrances, the more elaborate the better. I painted my first Portal painting when I was 28 years old while living in the Blue Mountains just 2 hours inland from Sydney . Shortly after this I went on my first visit to Guatemala where I visited numerous abandoned Maya Cities in the steamy Jungles of the Guatemalan lowlands. Here I discovered the most beautiful archways I had ever seen. I was soon hooked on Mayan architecture, art and culture, and have journeyed back there several times. It wasn’t until recently however that I figured out why I was so fascinated by archways. I now realise that it is connected with my fascination with the unknown, the yet to be, and all manner of possibilities. You can choose to open a door and walk through, or you can leave it closed. But if you don’t open it you will never know what may have been. Being an explorer at heart I cannot resist and have to open the door. The ancient Maya also saw caves, mountains and water as portals where they could easily contact departed ancestors and other deities who they would request favours of. The pyramid was built to imitate the mountain, and it was at the top of the pyramid where their sacred ceremonies took place. No matter what shape Portals take, they are symbolic of transitions and transformations from one state to another. These may be from one age to another ie. from child to puberty to adult etc. From one space to another, from one emotional state to another. From immaturity to maturity. With the immense importance of the Mayan end date of 21st Dec 2012, I have chosen to depict it as such a transition; from one great age to another.

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Tania Williams

11 Jan 2013