There are many ceremonies across all cultures that celebrate the various rites of passage and initiations for individuals from Birth Day, to adolescence and adulthood. As I reflect on my own upbringing and the way life events are celebrated within my family – often with over eating and lots of dancing- I felt that I needed to start my own tradition and create sacred ceremony for the life events that are happening within the family unit I have co-created with my husband; ceremonies that resonate with the people we are rather than what ‘tradition’ has dictated.
I have been consciously calling in sacred space in every aspect of my daily life for the past 2years. I do what feels natural, avoiding religious labels and constructs and simply sitting with the elements of nature. With this philosophy of living that I embrace I wanted to honour my firstborn child, my beautiful Laleh, as she completed her first 7year cycle. Continue reading “The Importance of Ceremony – Living a Sacred Life”
As we reach the final few days of 2017 a word that describes the totally of what this year was about for me is re-birth!
Reflecting on the events that have mapped the journey of this year, the shedding of layers, the re-examination of my values and being in trust and flow has given me so much confirmation that I am truly on the right track. I hold such deep gratitude for the opportunities that have shown up allowing me to forge deeper connections with my community, with my creative expression and my family.
What has supported me along the way were my Power Objects (pictured). They were all created with such reverence for nature and acted as incredible healing tools for me. I feel called to offer a women only workshop for others to create a Power Object on 11.02.2018 which carries the vibration of 2.2.11. This day holds a set of two master numbers that fully support manifestation, self-acceptance, abundance and a deep honouring of the heart so that your deepest desires and wildest dreams may be ignited and the witnessing of the sacredness and power within you to expand through the Power Object. Continue reading “Power Object”
The Water element is our life force. Water is linked to our emotions, the process of birth, of cleansing and the feminine way of being- in flow with nature and the cycles of life. The ripples of cause and effect expressed through the drop returning to the whole and our own passage through the waters of the womb.
This contemplation on the water element has taken me into the realm of the Ancient Persian Goddess Anahita for inspiration and visual motifs for my next series of works for the North Sydney Council’s ‘Red Project’ which will launch in March 2018.
Anahita was a goddess associated with water, fertility, wisdom, warfare, and eventually the planet Venus. Her full title being Aredvi Sura Anahita which means moist, mighty and immaculate (pure); she is a Goddess of sovereignty and patron of women. Continue reading “Sitting with the Water”
My latest curatorial project is about to launch! Mythologies of the Discarded opens on Saturday 28th October at Peacock Gallery, Auburn.
The exhibition presents the work of international and local artists Maria Grazia Tata, Jody Graham, Sepideh Farzam, Jan Cleveringa and Bahman Kermany whose installations are deeply rooted in mythology, our relationship with nature, sustainability and transformation.
Each artist has re-defined their materials and created items of beauty, sacredness and power. The creative process of collecting discarded objects vividly highlights the journey through ancient, primal and visceral spaces, imploring the viewer into a deeper contemplation with nature and technological progress.
I look forward to sharing this exhibition with you next week.
Riding on the immense energies of the 10/10 vibration I am taking this leap of faith to finally come out of my spiritual closet. I am no longer playing small, I step wholeheartedly into my calling, I emerge through the shadows of fear and self-doubt fully in my power; an awakened wild woman. I walk my talk and embrace everything that I am- Mother, Artist, Writer, Seeker, Healer, Psychic, Goddess, Sage of the earth, pure light of unconditional love. I am here, here I am. And so it is.
My heart is overflowing with excitement as I type these words. I have spent my whole life meandering between the calling of spirit and my own self imposed limitations. Dimming my light and placing an invisible barrier of how high I could fly around myself. Trying desperately to fit into one category or another and being too obsessed with the outcome of my endeavours- fighting against the flow- needing to control everything and having it all worked out before taking the leap. Continue reading “time to shine”
Everything in nature has a language. In order to learn that language we need to sit with each element and watch it through our hearts.
I learnt this wisdom as I walked the beautiful terrain of the Sacred Valley, Peru in a powerful and transformative pilgrimage to Apu Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Valerio Sasari of Runa Ñan, Peru Healing Travel.
There is something truly magical about Peru. The mountains come to life and literally speak to you. There are so many faces and animal shapes that undulate the surface of the rock. There is a stillness and reverence for being that draws you into an ancient call of the wild, yet paradoxically keeps you firmly grounded in the present.
I felt very ‘held’ and safe in Peru. The trek was challenging, don’t get me wrong. I was not physically prepared for the altitude or the steep inclines and uneven surfaces! At times my faith was tested, especially those moments when every step was mindfully crafted as I traversed a ravine and tiptoed across what looked like the precipice of death – literally walking on the edge of the mountain, no harness, narrow path, huge backpack and nothing but sharp rocks below and evidence of landslides above…Yet I felt more alive and more connected than ever in my life. There was a language being spoken and in the stillness I could feel the messages being transmitted. Continue reading “Language of Nature”
In Her Power, Mixed Media 2017
In the Beginning, Mixed media 2017
As my latest exhibition comes to an end I have been reflecting quite deeply on the work I have created for Turquoise Paradox and considering the next series of works to come. In these quite small scale, intimate works I have woven the story of my life with that of my partner’s. The journey we have been on both individually and the intersections of life where we walk together is the basis of these works.
Using the colour turquoise has had quite a calming and healing effect on me. Coming out of the heaviness of the last series of works and looking more closely at the stories around love, connection, communication, journeys of the heart and more explicitly this notion of my “life path” de-coded through numerology has inspired me to delve even deeper into the next direction I want to take both in terms of my teaching career and my art practice. Continue reading “Life Path- 38/11”
My next project is the IWVAC-Australia group show Turquoise Paradox. There will be a wide range of works on exhibit from current member artists and I have a few small works of my own in it also.
Exhibition dates: 5th – 27th April, Me Art Space, 25 Atchison St, St Leonards
Official launch: Saturday 8th April, 4pm – 6pm
Hope to see you there!
I’ve been thinking a lot about my ‘muse’ this month, especially as I find myself struggling to get through the new series of works. A question I keep asking myself is ‘how do I maintain my creative flow?’
Creative flow and inspiration is often linked to the two great waves of the ” Feast” and “Famine” cycle of the art world. Maintaining energy levels in the feast cycle is one challenge, yet maintaining the flow during the famine cycle can be a majorly overwhelming experience.
In the feast cycle, which for me was last year with one project or launch or exhibition happening literally every month until I crossed the finish line into 2017. Inspiration seemed to flow seamlessly. It was almost like the less time I had the more productive I became. There was no time to procrastinate, no time for anything other than churning out new work in the studio. I was completely focused, completely driven. Is that kind of work sustainable? Well the short answer is no! Burnout is a well documented topic for creatives- even more so for creatives with little humans to look after! Continue reading “Creative Flow”
Numerology- Connecting to Pythagoras
Here we are 2017!
I have completed my studio residency with the Blacktown Arts Centre and now starting new work for my next group exhibition with IWVAC-Australia called Turquoise Paradox opening in April.
But before I get going on the new project I want to reflect a moment on the work developed in the Blacktown Studios. I have immensely enjoyed the experience of just creating for the sake of creating, exploring processes and the luxury of not having a finished product at the end; rather a series of beginnings to keep me going for another year or two possibility even three.
Being in residence at the studios was mainly about exploring my creativity and connecting to the space and my practice. I found myself returning to drawing and collage, it has been lovely to play with ink and charcoal and remembering how much I loved tearing paper!
I have filled the space with a huge collection of works and objects that have inspired me and I would love to share that space with you all before it’s time to pack up and move out!
I am opening the studio up to the public to see what I have created during my time there.
Please join me next Friday 20th January 6-9pm at 121 Main St, Blacktown.
The works will also be for sale (studio prices – no commissions added)