What I create grows naturally from my life. As writers do their best work writing what they know about, I do my best art work creating from what I have experienced. Writing, for me at least, is very much a mind thing. Making art is different; it comes from a feeling place, a place where, while there may be words that can attempt to describe what I’m feeling, there aren’t words that exist that can do the job as I’d like it to be done. Images and color do that for me, allow me to translate my feelings into visual communication.
Yoga has been a daily part of my life since the early 80’s and, I feel, has had everything to do with the level of flexibility I maintain as well as the enthusiasm that I am able to express both sexually and on the dance floor. It is how I begin most mornings. If I’m really lucky, it happens as the sun is coming up, allowing me to tie my deep joy and gratitude for yet another day into the physicality of expression that yoga provides. The discipline of the poses and the time spent in them clears my mind and hones my focus. All of what I have just described in words – and more – is what I attempt to capture in the Yogis & Yoginis series.
The piece shown here, Yogini of the Woods, besides capturing the essence of being surrounded by nature actually has some nature as part of it, moth wings found on the forest floor and tendrils from local vines.
The yogini, pictured as a light body in the colors of the chakras, is sitting in a modified lotus pose and is shown in a contemplative attitude. Birds and other small woodland animals can be seen in and amongst the trees and leaves. In these pieces where I am layering resist dyed silk over collage elements, there is always an element of mystery to glimpsing the images behind the dyed silk. That is purposely done, both to engage the consciousness, drawing the viewer into the work and to capture the multi-layered ramblings of the mind which have been temporarily set aside.
More Yogis and Yoginis can be see on my ArtSpan gallery.