...it allows us to take the inward journey as far as we wish to travel. Contemplative approaches to art help us to visually manifest, transform, and transcend the fluctuations of our thinking – feeling – relational – spiritual self identities...
Yoga is a set of disciplined transformative practices that help to join together the finite experience of embodiment with an expansive view of the infinite consciousness that we are. Art, as an awareness practice, is a way to inquire into this numinous equation through the formation and transformation of physical materials which allow hidden aspects of ourselves to be seen and contemplated. As well, art is a way to work from the physicality of form towards formless essence and from the formless back towards physical experience. All artwork in the gallery on this site is inspired by this premise.
Lastly, art is a form of Karma Yoga or conscious social engagement. In essence, our creative works can be offerings of devotion. Rather than insist on ownership of outcomes - we align ourselves with our intentions of good will and offer our truthful artistic narratives, for example, to world peace, a suffering loved one, or our view of divinity. All work, including artwork, can be worship.
And there is more to say on this subject which I plan to address in future publications and presentations including a forthcoming book with SUNY Press: "Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the Self"
Publication date: early, 2017.
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