Since having the privilege to experience a viewing of 'Song of the New Earth' recently I have been reflecting on the lusciousness of being human that often gets overlooked. I understand that each time I am exposed to a new reference for something and it resonates well within me... it can have the power to shift things and I am able to reframe my experience and understanding of things past, present and future. This has the power to change my physiology, my reality. A lot of what was shared in this documentary resonated with me and it crosses over to how I use colour in my artworks. Since my arts practice moved into intuitive painting which is really another word for a deep practice of expressive art, I have learned to let go of outcomes with regards to the painting process and aesthetics. The old me used to show up to the blank canvas with a sense of fear, and I would churn over ideas before finally beginning a painting with a definite plan. I would always have a notion of what image I was trying to achieve. Now the new me, goes to a blank canvas with an unencumbered sense of embracing all the possibilities of a new work, ready to listen within to what colours I am drawn to and what strokes are wanting to be born. I also wait for the work to tell me if it finished. I suppose why this is relevant to the 'Song of the New Earth' documentary is that I believe I am working with energy, Divine energy wanting to be expressed through me! Through vibrations that I am tuning into which are then expressed via the vibrational levels of colours.
I seem to be doing things back to front. Through the practice of intuitive painting, I am finding my paintings are teaching me things after they are completed! It occurred to me after watching this documentary and another little video that turned up on Facebook which showed Sargy Mann, an artist who is now blind that paints and it really got me thinking about the vibrations of colour. We all know that there are proven theories out there about the effects of colour on the moods and even physical effects on people. I have had the sense that art as a tool for wellbeing can be beneficial for more than just for the artist in the process of creation but for the viewers who allow themselves to truly engage with the finished artworks. I truly believe that artworks have the potential to hold and radiate energy. I believe artworks carry two forms of energy, the energy of creation that flows through the artist to the surface and the energy of the colours and possibly forms. Being that I have already identified that my works are a form of prayer and/or meditation.... I see my arts practice as being one and the same with my spiritual and human practice! I simply cannot separate them. BEING an arts practitioner has assisted to unify previously disjointed aspects of my BEINGNESS. I AM now so much more than an arts practitioner and I hesitate to define it for fear of setting limitations for myself. I am believing more and more with absolute joy that the human potential is bigger than most of us can even begin to imagine!
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"Bliss be you & all those around you!"
Wow! This is why I love my work! A last week we had a group of wonderfully aged citizens come through the gallery (Graydon Gallery)... I was asked to do an impromptu artist chat about my work. Afterwards I had two lovely ladies open up and share some rather personal stories of survival. One lady told us that this artwork was saying 'Get Up & Enjoy Life' she said it tells her to 'Be happy!' This from a lady that then went into sharing a story that when she was 14 she was forced to sleep on top of graves in the open and the dead of the night in Europe when they were escaping the Nazi's! Going further into unpacking how she has come though some very testing times in her life. The other lady was eager to share her story of survival over breast cancer and loosing her breast, she shared with me that her husband loved her breasts but they both grieved and survived together! This my friends is art for wellbeing...💜 Not just for me the artist but for the viewers who let the artworks speak to them & allow themselves to listen & share! It's no coincidence that my current works are all titled 'I am that, I am!' People are picking up on the energy that goes into these works and responding emotionally with depth and courage! Thank you beautiful ladies... 'Get up & enjoy life! Be happy! I am that, I am! #artforwellbeing #energycircles #iamthatiam #artforjoy #art #felicitykellycruise
"Bliss be you & all those around you!"
Felicity Kelly-Cruise xoxo
‘I am that, I am! 2-110’, Mixed Media on Canvas, 91x91cm, SOLD
This is my latest work, finished in time for an upcoming group exhibition that I am a part of. Brisbane Artsworkers Collective is comprised of nine Brisbane-based emerging artists brought together by our day jobs in the arts industry - facilitators, support workers, curators and administrators. The fundamental link between our members is that we are all practicing artists who work to support the creative expression of others.
HATCH, the first group exhibition of the Brisbane Artsworkers Collective and will feature works in a variety of media including painting, photography, soundscapes, mixed media, sculpture, installation and textiles.
The artists featured in this exhibition are; Alithea Josaphine, Anthea Patrick, Chrissy Dwyer, Helen Bradshaw, Genevieve Jackson, Michelle Knowles, Michelle Richards, Rachel Gaffney-Dawson and myself.
HATCH will be showing at Graydon Gallery in New Farm from the 18th to the 23rd of November, 2014.
Opening night is Friday 21st November 5:30 - 8:00pm
Gallery hours: 10am-6pm
Felicity is an energy artist practicing compassion, loving kindness & creativity, working with & honoring Divine Energy.