Artist Jonathan Sims.

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Answers from the Eighty-One Skies (2020)
Watercolor and acrylic screen print on paper
30x30 inches

These three pieces are visual representations of questions posed to an emerging system of divination/fortune-telling called the Eighty-One Skies. It uses random numbers to reveal images and themes, a type of divination known as cleromancy. It is a ternary system, based on the number three. A pair of coins thrown four times, or four dice with three possible sides thrown once, yield 81 different possible outcomes.

The Eighty-One Skies began as a way for the artist to engage with and learn from not only the mechanics of divination, but to develop a usable system that could help individuals to encounter personal queries or difficulties in a novel and meaningful way. After asking the questions, the artist generated three answers for each, and has developed unique radiant geometric designs to represent these answers in an abstract way. These designs, based on a rotational transformation of the same polygon nine times, are depicted in each painting.

The Eighty-One Skies is still evolving and changing through use and modifications.

Exhibited as part of The Gift in the Wound, a group exhbition at Flux Factory.



Sacrations (2016-2017)
Acrylic on Canvas
30x30 inches


Ex Voto (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas
10x22 inches


Scirian (2015)
Acrylic on Panel
22x22 inches


Gravis (2015)
Acrylic on Canvas
12x48 inches