Bildungshaus St. Arbogast, Götzis, Austria
The exhibition was held in an innovative education centre in Vorarlberg, Bildungshaus St. Arbogast, from 7th April to 31st August 2016. Apart from the spiritual orientation of the programmes of the house, its wooden architecture and well-lit interior endowed my paintings with a perfect atmosphere to unfold their presence.
Since a few years, I have been obsessed by the theme of feminine nature which nurtures us, the children of Nature. If there were anything that could be found in all of us, that would be the longing for the motherly love. I believe that genuine paintings do not come from external influences, but they derive from the contact within the Self.
I question: what is inscribed in the center of my heart? What is inscribed there is invisible. What I have to do is to bring it out in visible forms. So the struggle starts ... It lasts a long time. My memory-imagination about what is inscribed in the heart is awakened when some patterns of nature strike my eyes. Look at barks of trees, strate patterns of cliffs, traces of waves on the sand beaches….., and the cycle of four seasons. They come to me in their ever-new faces. These archetypal patterns are another face of time, and pull us into the realm of timelessness. They remind me of the careful hands of an artist.
These patterns are the beginning point of my paintings these days. The medium I use, such as thick, multi-layered paper, Chinese ink and natural pigments help me go consciously with the flow of lines and colors on the paper, free from conventional conceptions of forms. The process of making and destroying results in definite forms out of inevitable structural need.
The Sanskrit term Mudraa means not only the ritual hand gestures but also the seal of energy field. Further, it means also the original stamp of an authority. In its multi-facets, the word Mudraa suggests corresponding poles to diverse faces of the eternal Feminine I conceive in nature. Thus it can mean the eternal Feminine conceived in the form of archetypal patterns or as the hands that shape such nature. Or even as a Goddess that holds the power of nature. Or as the word is used in tantric yoga for the method/ partner in the practice, my painting is the method of practice in prayer to come closer to the Eternal Feminine.
After the opening of the exhibition 3rd to 10th July 2016