PATTERN ALCHEMY examines and tames the complex temperament of the natural world in an attempt to find harmony, reason, and profound universal truths. Taking on a microcosmic view, I work to relinquish the image subject matter (composed scenes, self-made sculptural objects, organic vegetation, to capture and distill the essential light and its luminous effects) of their physical qualities and convert it to experiential subjects, manifesting as body-mindscapes. The images’ tenuous relationships to scale and their stillness in relation to its dynamic, lively qualities mirror the meditation by thoughtful observance. I create visual mantras and offer my audience the opportunity to experience tranquility amid the hectic pace of life and seemingly endless array of obligations foisted upon us by modern living.
This work blends my experience and passion as both an artist and practitioner of complementary medicine to provide the elements needed for sanctuary and sacred space, visual mediation and visceral nepenthe to soothe, energize and balance, a catalyst for transformation and growth. Deeper than its aesthetic beauty, these abstractions from the natural world were born from the need to make a positive contribution to friends, family and clients who were facing myriad medical challenges. Fine art is good medicine. It comforts, elevates the spirit, and affirms life and hope.
SIGNS are portraits sans faces, beacons of hope created for patients in treatment for multiple myeloma, a disease which erodes calcium from bones, fosters infection, and depletes body, mind and spirit. People diagnosed with cancer often feel they’ve been handed a death sentence. Isolated and vulnerable, they withdraw from loved ones and forget their own resilience. Signs empower patients to envision a positive outcome. Together we develop metaphors and scenarios to facilitate their physical healing and emotional resilience.
NEPENTHE in ancient Greek literature and mythology, is a medicine for sorrow, literally an anti-depressant, a “drug of forgetfulness”, depicted as originating in Egypt. The word nepenthe first appears in the fourth book of Homer‘s Odyssey, referenced as a magical potion given to Helen by Polydamna the wife of the noble Egyptian Thon, to quell all sorrows with forgetfulness.
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