Sanctuary of Light, acrylic, ink, gold leaf & collage on canvas in gold floated frame, 30x48. This image represents a space I go to find guiding light. I have so much to be thankful for and this painting pays tribute to that gratitude.
The blue light is the aura that I have seen since I was a little girl and understand fully that its always around me.
The rose colored light is what I feel surrounds me with warmth. It represents the light of a giant pink diamond.
The texture and gold color are always present in my visual healing. I visualize layers of mesh and liquid gold running through me, keeping all my connective tissue together. For those of you who don't know, I was born with marfan syndrome. It is a connective tissue disorder affecting all connective tissues of the body, and its favorite places to create aneurysms and tears are in the aorta, the eyes and the heart muscle. 2 of those 3 are ones I have experienced throughout my life, on several occasions, and because those experiences have been so incredibly intense, my spirit and my mind always dig deep and intensely in order to survive them. You could say, my art is an intrinsic part of my survival. It has always been iconic of finding strength and survival.
Not my typical painting style but this just came to me and felt compelled to do it and share it. There is so much awareness of diseases like cancer, ms, etc so in small ways, if any of you read through this, I have made you aware of a disease that affects 1 of every 5000 people on the planet. A high percentage don't survive an aneurysm.
This piece will be available for sale at Ciel Gallery throughout August 2017.
*freepik created Moroccan setting
For years now, I have noticed that I really love patterns. I love to find them, count them, sort them, color them, reorganize them and so on. I find the act of repetition or repetition itself very centering and very healing. My mind, body and spirit come together as one during these moments of “pattern bonding” and my world of chaos becomes calm.
There is no right or wrong in this process, it’s a pure act, untethered by rules, by judgments, requirements and expectations.
I have come to think of repetition as a form of invocation. Honestly, as I get older and live with this love affair with patterns, I begin to truly understand their power and how meaningful they are in my particular life.
This piece is titled "Halcyon Moments". It hangs nearly 10ft long and about 3 ft wide. I layered acrylic, gold leaf, metal, recycled elements and a variety of viscous mediums. I incorporate pattern, reflective gold, which is an idyllic and healing color in my life, and ungoverned textures capturing moments of serenity which, just like that, instantly become a part of my past and who I am. This piece immortalizes these moments.
hal·cy·on / halsēən/: a period of time in the past idyllically happy and peaceful.
You'll notice 3 different sections defined by a variance in pattern. If you start looking from the bottom and slowly move up you'll notice space opening up and, vice versa as you move down from the top spaces close-up. This is representative our feelings in fluxus, we slowly open-up to arrive at a higher self or the other way around, we close-up and stay locked-in a touch place. From my own experience, there are days I feel closed-up and "go" no where and other days I open up and feel the blossoming. A very personal journey for every person.
My goal with this piece is for you, the viewer, to reflect on where you "go" to find your own halcyon moments.
On some of the backs of each gold component, there are self healing words, some came from me and others came from contributors. I really love infusing my work with community energy. It helps take a piece on a journey and come to full circle.
I will be showing this piece for the first time at Ciel Gallery through the month of July. It is not for sale but rather I am actively looking for a permanent, public site for it to hang so if you have any ideas, please pass along.
Thanks for reading and go find your halcyon moments!
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