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Kredouw Art Gallery and Art Walk (stone-circle gardens)

 

 

This building has been transformed into the beautiful Kredouw Art Gallery.

This Art Gallery is open to the public from Mondays to Fridays - 9 am to 4 pm.

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

 

The process of becoming “human” takes place in a circular movement away and towards the centre of our existence. We create a sacred space for ourselves into which we invite the Self to transform, just like a bird would build a nest for its young to hatch in – an ontological and cosmological reality. In this process of “becoming” human, we form images of how we experience the world from the centre of our bodies, in the hermetic vessel of the mandala(microcosm).

 

Louisa Punt-Fouché, 1992 (D.Phil., Clin Psychology)

 

 

Since then (quotation above), I have realized that this process of becoming, also implies reconnection with the whole (macrocosm); that is, to make the individual conscious of the illusion of separateness (of an ego-complex) and the release from oppression and narrowness in thinking that we are self-enclosed entities. This realization leads to a feeling of compassion as a natural expression of the solidarity of life. It also unfolded as an understanding that every individual has a unique opportunity in his/her “becoming” of “being” to become and be a focal point/mirror in which the universe becomes conscious of itself.

 

These processes of becoming and happening simultaneously in two areas of life: our immediate life world that exists in time and space, which is embedded in our existence where there is no time and space. This understanding can be drawn, written, danced and built  circles where there are universal laws underlying all forms of “play” or interaction.

 

This possibility of circles within circles, enables me to see it in a greater frame of infinite connection that transforms everyday life into deeply significant aspects of cosmic play in which we are the actors and spectators.

 

 

We are sitting in the audience watching ourselves as actors on the stage where there is a beginning and end.  Can there be any play without rules and a script? Can you play music without understanding the laws of harmony and how to play the instrument? Of course not. Only after the universal and inner laws of music or the archetypal theme in the play on the stage is understood, is there freedom to express exactly what the individual feels. Such an individual expression is not a contradiction to the universal law of the world in which we live.

 

In that sense, the highest art for me is the bird (in the quotation above) that bursts into song; the artist that overflows with a free and spontaneous expression of an overwhelming inner experience. It is not for the sake of reward, acclaim or gain. In Buddhism, it is called Lila, which means something like “universal play”. It is something that flows freely from us.

 

 

This Artist’s statement is an attempt to verbalize my journey as an artist and writer. I salute many fellow artists and writers along the way of this personal pilgrimage, that has informed, moulded and encouraged me. In an inexplicable way “the universal creative fire” has swept me along, as a vehicle of expression where my life as a Jungian psychologist, yoga teacher and custodian for all the neglected aspects of this planet, children, women, animals, nature – became a work of art.

 

For this reason, I am beginning to understand that every individual is a crystallization of all that is contained in the universe.

Maybe all the forces of the universe are necessary to create one human being or one tree? It makes one wonder if it is not perhaps the highest achievement of the universe to become crystallized into various forms of life.

 

I live on a Karoo farm with my husband and two poodles. At the moment I think, I make art and I write. Since the eighties, my art has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. I like to draw on rice paper, make etchings (drypoint and aquatint), do monoprints, and play with mixed media. I also like to do environmental and community installations (mandalas).

 

 I have published five books of which two are books of poetry. The books are a compilation of my art and words that seem to happen together in the creative process.

 

 

Daar is rooi vissies in my hare
Pen & ink on rice paper

 

Earthangels
Etching, aquatint

 

Kafka 1
Pen & ink on rice paper, mixed media

 

Geraamtes van hoop en honger
Glass painting, collage

 

You are welcome to visit Kredouw Art Gallery at Kredouw Olive Estate