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ALLYSON AND ALEX GREY Meditation on Mortality, our 1980 performance, ritualized our wedding. I was covered in white grease paint, Alex in black. We embodied Yin and Yang. Through deep embrace, body upon body, we symbolized our ability to connect beyond duality, to transcend whiteness and blackness, light and darkness, life and death. We became Grey. ALLYSON AND ALEX GREY The mystic paintings of Alex Grey articulate realms of psychedelic visionary consciousness, revealing interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit, illuminating the anatomical core of each being. Alex's visual meditations on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, have reached millions through his five books including three monographs, the exhibition and extensive reproduction of his artwork, speaking appearances including a popular TED talk, stage sets for major rock bands, video animation, and Grammy award-winning album art.  Allyson Grey is a painter and social sculptor. She has been Alex’s creative collaborator, life-partner and studio mate since meeting in art school in 1975. Allyson's paintings represent chaos, order and secret writing, an essentialized world view symbolizing the material world, the interconnected realm of energy and light and the sacred language of creative expression. With an MFA from Tufts University, Allyson has long been an art educator, art events organizer and a muse to artists worldwide. Together, the Greys co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, (CoSM;, a spiritual creative retreat center outside of New York City. On the forefront of a movement in which painters join musicians on stage, the Greys have painted together live before tens of thousands of dancing young people at New York Broadway theaters, at sold-out festivals and arenas in dozens of cities across five continents. As long- time advocates of "cognitive liberty," a growing international "sacramental culture" has embraced the Greys as important mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm. The Greys, with their team, are currently building Entheon, a Visionary Art sanctuary in the Hudson Valley of New York. NSTAGRAM: @ALEXGREYCOSM // @ALLYSONGREYCOSM // @CHAPELOFSACREDMIRRORS FACEBOOK: @ALEXGREYCOSM // @ALLYSONGREYART // @SACREDMIRRORS  16 | ART OF DYING