Painting Title: “Balance”
This painting is a simplified Shri Yantra* consisting of downward pointing yoni triangles (shakti: female principle of divine energy), and upward pointing fire triangles (shiva: the masculine principle). It is of an expression of the balance between the soft, receptive, nurturing feminine energies- the pink blossomed flowers, and the outgoing, sword-like, yellow, masculine energies. Having lived in Japan for four years, I was also influenced by the Sword and the Flower, which reflects the same male-female principles. The blue jewel in the centre I see as the eye of the soul- the conscious knowing or awareness of the Soul.
The colours are very vibrant, which, together with the sacred ash in the paint itself, I intended to be healing and uplifting for the viewer.
* A Yantra is a geometric design acting as a highly efficient tool for contemplation, concentration and meditation. Yantras carry spiritual significance, and point the user to higher levels of consciousness.
Painting Title: “I AM”
To me there is also a playfulness at work in this painting, to me this is represents the elementals (those beings that work to help create forms in Nature). It is light, giggly and fairy-esque!If this painting helps you to visualise these concepts, then wonderful! The colours are very vibrant, which, together with the sacred ash in the paint itself, I intended to be healing and uplifting for the viewer.
Painting Title: “Shamrock Lotus Heart”
“My paintings start with an idea or concept that comes from something inspiring that I see or read- which is often in the field of metaphysics. This idea then assumes a form, which I develop in sketches. Other connected forms are woven together in the sketch to create a final simplified form.
I then draw this form on canvas and then paint the shapes in bold blocks of colour. It’s a journey in colour during which I’m not often sure of the outcome. The way that I paint at the moment is very precise, so the action of painting really becomes a very absorbed act, almost like a meditation. Each precise line can, in the moment of painting it, become its own universe of form and shape. Each painting evolves slowly.
I admire ancient cultures who created every day things with prayerful intention. I think here of Tibetan sand-painted mandalas which are used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. Or the hand-made textiles of the Peruvian Amazon Shipibo people which are intentionally sung into with the power of the song it represents. Imagine the effects of this prayerful intention! It is for this reason that I imbue the paint with sacred ash from the ‘hugging saint’ of India, Amma, whom Dr. Jane Goodall called “God’s love in a human body.”* To me this is a way of elevating the vibration of the paint and the colour so that the viewer both sees and feels the vibration of those colours.
The themes and motifs of my most recent work are: expressions of life force energy; the descent of Soul into human flesh, the process of this through the multi layers of existence; the moment of conception, the meeting of the masculine and feminine, fertility, the life-giving womb and its ability to receive the light of the masculine; that miraculous moment when the potential of life begins.
Things that inspire me include sacred geometry, forms in Nature, mandalas, yantras, Japanese design, Aura-Soma, bright colours, quantum physics….”
Caroline studied Art History at school and completed one year of Foundation Studies at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, in 1989. Her work is not informed by any further artistic study, (save sporadic bursts of life-drawing classes over the years), but rather from indigenous cultures’ forms and aesthetics, metaphysics, and her studies of AURA-SOMA® colour. She has exhibited as part of solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo, and more locally in Cork and Dublin.