Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Personal Myth, Collective Dream 2

This has been an intense few months. Trying to find a way of translating my ideas, thoughts and feelings onto canvas. Trying to express something as intangible as a dream or a myth, with a brush, with all their layers and complexities and in a meaningful way that engages the viewer. It has felt like an unclimbable mountain at times as I have consciously moved away from purely representational painting and entered into an unknown realm where I have allowed the painting to emerge in an organic way, changing, adding and taking away intuitively while hoping that the skills, experience and knowledge I have built up over the years will guide me well. 

There have been many instances where I have found myself sitting on the floor of the studio head in hands. A long way to go technically and philosophically but these canvases do hint at something and I am excited about the possibilities. 

The aim now, post exhibition, is to move away from the more personal myth and work with more collective issues. Humanity and it's myths, collective dreams.

Below some images and artist statement from this exhibition at artSPACE Durban

Personal Myth, Collective Dream 2
Artist Statement

I have become increasingly curious by the depth of wisdom myths and dreams have to offer us as individuals and fellow journeyers in life. As well as the collective myths that speak of the human journey and condition each of us has a personal myth that shows itself to us through our dreams. This force drives us and further reveals itself through the patterns in our lives, choices we make, the stories we are drawn to and images we work with. Our myth impacts our everyday lives and influences who we are and how we behave.

When we become aware of our mythology, both on a personal and a collective level, through a journey into the psyche we gain the opportunity of facing and changing our story. Each part of the journey brings us a step closer to individuation which, in Jungian terms, is a transforming process where the personal and collective unconscious are integrated into consciousness.

One of the ways I explore and endeavour to express this concept is through my artwork
The paintings on show in this exhibition will form part of the final body of work that I will be presenting at the completion of my masters at The Centre for Visual Arts UKZN at the end of the first semester 2016, and the spring board for a PhD proposal in practise led research in Fine Art. 

In my last exhibition I described the mythical forest in my oil paintings. Terri Windling, a writer, artist and book editor for the New York Publishing Industry describes this forest as “...the forest primeval, true wilderness, symbolic of the deep, dark levels of the psyche...”

In this exhibition I am moving from the forest into the house symbolising a deeper exploration of the psyche. Each painting represents a room in the house or a part thereof in which the characters and backdrops emerge from my own personal myth.

Technically each painting has been a journey in its own right. I have consciously left behind much of what I have known and endeavoured to find a new way of approaching my work. As in the forest, one of the challenges is to leave the well trodden path and find a new fresh way through.

I am very fortunate to study with and live among a community of very generous artists who, also on journeys of their own, offer guidance, support and suggestions and share skills along the way. Thank you