I love to explore and expose the deeper, often unconscious perceptions and beliefs of social norms. I’m curious as to why we hide particular aspects of life, and are very open to speak and share others; to our self, with others, and in the social milieu. Variations are based upon what a culture holds to be true, and differ through time and space. I once taught a class on Art, Gender, Race & Class; it was such a wonderful investigation into artist’s exposing unconscious norms we uphold as truths in society. Such is the case of our bodies; we can talk about our ugly pimples, particular health problems like flu, broken bones, but avoid things connected to sexuality, addictions, and even psychic experience, perhaps censured by religious and socio-cultural teachings. Perhaps exploring these realms beyond the visible, will reveal opportunities to embrace what is hidden in plain sight.
Divine Elemental Bodies
This sequence of 6 art works explores Human Bodies; not just the physical, but the overlaying of physical, subtle and spiritual. The most obvious is the physical represented by the central organ body image; this translucent photograph shines of the hidden beauty within. The physical body is miraculous and complex, with its own organic intelligence, yet most people are disconnected, unaware of the subtle signals always being relayed. In contrast to typical beliefs about our ‘insides’ as being gross, I illuminate it’s natural beauty. Then, I overlay the energy of the subtle body, through the use of color, shapes, lines and patterns that suggest energy. Each colored organ body radiates gold rays within an oval mandorla; all is centered within a circle and 12 petals, representing the heart chakra, which is the center of the 3 energy centers above and the 3 below within each human body. The sacred geometric structure holds a space for meditation upon your body as a vehicle for spiritual evolution. In the 4 corners of each piece, is a primary geometric shape that aligns with the intended spiritual essence. As you look at all the various colorful expressions, which are you naturally attracted to? Which make you uncomfortable? Just notice so you explore what is balanced and what needs attention.
The Ascension Series focuses on an aspirant traversing the realms between being primarily embodied (of Earth matter) to resonating divine/Heavenly energies. Much like the cocoon stage of larvae prior to becoming a winged butterfly, one must be dormant and dissolve all structures. Ascended masters, like Jesus, Mary, Yogananda, have provided exemplar pathways to transforming from the material to the spiritual. The spiritual masters who roam(ed) the earth teaching great wisdom values, ascended and then were able to manifest in any bodily form they chose, wherever they chose (even multiple places at the same time = bilocation); typically many kept the same form when they appeared to mortals. I feel that when humanity wakes up to the expanded possibilities of how we view reality, our lives will be richer, more meaningful and we will engage our potential more fully. This series explores the liminal space one must occupy through the journey and the powerful support present for us to tap into.
The Egyptian Series is inspired by the mysteries of ancient Egypt, a complex civilization that soared to heights unseen since. The socioeconomic structure revealed integration with the spiritual; these realms were interwoven with wisdom and honoring of the Earth and Heavens. Their technologies surpassed today’s’, as evidenced by the pyramids and other complex architecture. The feminine and masculine energies were more balanced as revealed through the imagery honoring both male and female in divine and mundane activities. The hieroglyphic writings expose the source energy connection to be from the stars, a belief that currently, we relegate to myth. Regardless, there exists wisdom relevant to contemporary life; Heart energy is central to how a person is judged for a successful life; the Earth and Heavens were considered sacred. The focus on recognizing divinity within every human, creature and place, nourishes respect of all life energies. This is the core of what I feel could resurrect humanity and the Earth to a new golden age.
The DNA Series was inspired by new concepts about the plasticity of our DNA. So much of what we believe to be Reality is crumbling: politico-economic structures, the rigidity of the adult brain etc. So it is no surprise that vitality is being injected into a new sense of reality through disciplines such as Quantum physics and philosophies that are more unifying rather than mired in polarities. Such is the wisdom expanding through spiritual pathways as we explore the potential of meditation evolving our genetics/DNA.