Posts Tagged ‘spiritual art’

Some October Favourites:

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

"Pods of Life"  by Annie Pigott is an unusual and sensual piece, full of tactile references, both visual and kinaesthetic – the painting is on silk which lends another dimension to the curving forms and reflects light in quite a different way to a painting done on canvas.

Within an earthy, semi-monochrome palette a great deal of texture has been achieved, with fern like forms in the background echoing the vital curves of the foreground pods.  These seem both of this world – their three dimensional nature strongly indicated with deep and curving shadows and yet also abstract, with the otherworldly spirals appearing flat, almost floating within the pod interiors.  This is an interesting juxtaposition, suggesting to me that something as simple and earthy as a seed pod opening can also become a gateway to the world of the liminal.   Indeed, the spirals are rather like initiatory scarification marks or neolithic sacred cave markings, showing the way to the world beyond. 

This painting is very attractive because of its combination of simplicity (in colour) and complexity (in texture) and I can imagine that it would sit very well in a pale,  simply furnished setting where the curves and spirals could draw the eye of the viewer without distraction.  This is a meditative, peaceful painting and would especially suit a creamy background wall.

Pods of Life

Pods of Life

Some October favourites:

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

"Human Angel"  by  Edna Fourie is a striking painting.   Although small and of a limited, ‘moody’ palatte, it is hugely atmospheric and full of archetypal potency.  Within a cloud of mist  a human figure struggles under the  weight of an enormous wing.  His head is hidden and all we can see of his human form is limbs straining under the weight, seeming to almost fall forwards. 

The detailed tonal modelling of the human form gives a strong feeling of movement, strength and burden and yet the wing, while huge, is detailed with soft feathers and seems too  delicate a thing to be causing such burden.

This piece is pregnant with spiritual and psychological metaphor.  One thinks of the journey of the soul, struggling towards self actualisation.   Here the figure has almost fallen under the weight of the wing, which appears dead rather than bearing the carrier up into the winds as one might expect.   Perhaps this is a metaphor for sin, or failure, or suffering.    In any case, despite the strength of the figure one is left with a sense of vulnerability and sadness.

In describing this work, the artist speaks of her fascination with bringing together ordinary things which then become visionary metaphors in the finished piece, which is very evident in this poignant and tender painting.   This would, I imagine, make a most fitting gift for someone with a philosophical or metaphysical turn of mind, being  both thought provoking and engaging.

Some October favourites:

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Maristha Schellink’s piece "Towards light"  is a refreshingly unusual combination of  found objects, driftwood, metal, semi precious stones and paint.   This mixed media approach, using objects found in life to make an artistic statement  reflects Maristha’s statement that she wishes to reflect the good in the world, to portray light, movement and energy.

In this piece we have a three dimensional exploration of texture, colour and form, presenting a semi abstract landscape of sea, sky and moon.   The shapes of found objects suggest the patterns of waves lapping the shore and seem to reach towards the crystaline moon at the top of the piece, perhaps indicating the spritual journey towards the Light, as the title suggests.  

The background of textured paint is delicately incised with multiple spirals, strongly suggestive of ancient cave art, where one finds the spiral representing the initiatory journeys of life and death.    As a whole the piece has a sympathetic  tension between the feelings of movement and of stillness which are caused by the interplay of solid foreground objects and ethereal background patterning.

With its striking simplicity this work would look wonderful on a pure white wall, perhaps in a room with pale wood furniture, echoing the colours of the painting and drawing the viewer into its embrace.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008

"Communion"  by Lesley Bergere is a beautifully senstive piece of spiritual art.  Here an adult female figure  lies curled in a relaxed foetal postion, cushioned upon flower petals and surrounded by a hazy swirl of watery colours.   It appears as if this figure is floating within the Universe or beneath the ocean, cocooned by immanent lifeforce.   The suggestion may be that this archetypal female is experiencing a rebirth or initiation, a dreamtime experience into which she sinks with relaxed limbs.   There is an interesting contrast between the long limbed adult body and the hand raised towards the childlike face in a typical foetal gesture.   It is as if in some way the adult returns to the simplicity and trust of the inter-uterine state.

This is a wonderfully relaxing painting, the colours soothing and the presence of the beautifully modelled figure compelling.   I could imagine this painting suiting a meditation or healing space very well.  It is large, the figure appears close to life sized, and so this painting would look wondeful in an uncluttered space, perhaps one with decor accents that picked out the blues and purples of the background.