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The objective of this neo-psychedelic series of paintings is to create a religious iconography that centers on hallucinogenic plants. That is, depicting saints and apostles who glorify and represent the plants and the states of mind derived from them. In contemporary society, I’m seeing a shift away from conventional religion and more toward an entheobotanical path to spirituality. Humans are hard-wired with a need to connect to the eternal. I hope others will understand that these plants/chemicals are a different path leading toward a mythological system that we can identify with, much like the appeal that the Catholic Church holds for many. It is possible to achieve a higher state of consciousness through religion, hallucinogenic plants, or meditation. Each individual must find the path that is natural and healthy for them. Modern organized religion has proven to be detrimental to humanity and the environment, so the clear path is to achieve a higher state through meditation or entheobotanical means, or a combination of the two.
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