Part of the collective exhibition at carhartt gallery, in Germany, was the presentation of this new canvas, result of the research made on paper during the previous weeks.
WING QUEST. Acrylic & spraypaint on canvas. 100x146cm. 2011
This piece, such as all the drawings of this blue-red serie, is made as a mandala*.
The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to the psychologist David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.” The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.
I’ve been working on symetric handmade geometry in order to find myself again. I used this technique as a call to my soul. It went away for a wide, and i needed to make the connexion back on. I found a way while drawing with shapes in a spontaneous way. I allowed myself to forget the figurative dimension of the shapes that would compose this face, or I’d rather say this universe, so that I could get closer to my truth.
This canva has been inspired by this previous drawing. A symetrical face, made of two profiles fusing into one winged being. Traveling inside in order to evolve in a better way outside.
WING QUEST. Gouache, pen and pencil on 250g paper. 50x70cm. 2011
(Detail) Gouache, pen and pencil on 250g paper. 50x70cm. 2011
The conscious eyes closed, in order to provoke the opening of the one able to access to universal unconsciousness. Taking another point of view on my universe, so as to find back my place in it. And make it evolve the right way.
It brought me good and I still need and enjoy to work that way.
WINGQUEST. Portrait by Chase Erachi. 2011
WINGQUEST. (Detail) Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas. 100x146cm. 2011
WING QUEST. Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas. 100x146cm. 2011