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Lux Medicina by Lotte Karlson
Lux Medicina by Lotte Karlson

Lux Medicina by Lotte Karlson

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LUX MEDICINA
(Light Medicine)

Lotte says:
"Out of all the mysteries of the cosmos, the phenomenon of light remains the most fascinating. Unlike sound waves, the transmission of which require air or other material media, light waves pass freely through the vacuum of interstellar space.
Light remains the most subtle - the freest from material dependence - of any natural manifestation. In Latin, LUX means light and MEDICINA is medicine. In my Native Norwegian, we would say “Lys Medisin.” I felt drawn to the word LUX for the way that it alludes to a shimmering, diamond-like decor. Close kin of illuminance - the total "amount" of visible light present - illuminance measures the intensity of illumination upon a surface. Despite its ephemeral beauty, light is no luxury, it is fundamental to all living organisms on our planet.

Created during the Covid19 pandemic, the LUX MEDICINA sculpture series is a response to the lighter side of our global crisis. As Mother Earth has slowed us all down, what the pandemic has offered for many is a period of deep reflection. Having opened 2020 in my darkest hour, figuratively on my hands and knees - I paradoxically crawled into lockdown with a sense of great relief and gratitude. This worldwide pause afforded me the opportunity to just be without the stresses of everyday life and commence a necessary healing process. Life is full of contrasts. The universe is about balance and without darkness we would not know light. Just as the forces of light and darkness work hand in hand within the greater Universe, I found the brightest light within me by knowing my darkness, my shadow. 

Making this work has not only been a huge aspect of my healing process, it has given me tremendous joy. Lovingly crafting each piece, including blessing each component throughout the process, I offer these jewels knowing they will brighten up any home or heart; knowing they are true medicine for the soul. As a manifestation of my inner light, I offer these works as talismans infused with healing energy intended to be felt beyond the sensory pleasure afforded by their glittering exterior. 

LUX MEDICINA‘s teardrop crystals, with facets at various angles, become prisms which refract white light into a spectrum of colors dispersing beams and shoots of rainbow light throughout any space. Iridescent dichroic film enhancing one side layers additional hues into the color wheel. The chains have been left intentionally loose inside their stainless-steel tubes to offer the beholder the creative freedom to create their own unique light patterns that can change over time. The number of crystals - eight - cascading down from the steel structure is symbolic in the context of the sculpture. Eight symbolizes eternity, more specifically the eternal light within us and the Universe. LUX MEDICINA speaks to the light that is always within and around us. It speaks to our healing nature, and a form of energetic medicine that can be resourced from within, effortlessly, without end."