Going to Glastonbury some people looking to connect with themselves or something larger. They want to experience peace, calmness and transparency. During climbing they leave the whole material world behind, leaving their worries. The walk itself has the power to free and purify the mind. Meditation.
Glastonbury is a mystical place where many ley lines are crossing, which form the energy point of the earth - the heart chakra. When energy lines cross,
they create a Vortex. That is why it attracts so many people. Following this symbol of climbing, I wanted to paint a mystical journey from the bottom up.
Mountain would present different paths through the colors of the chakras, through various emotional states, through the landscapes and structures of our emotions, feelings, and consciousness. The top layers represent patterns of the earth that can be seen very closely or from above from space. They are like labyrinths - maps - tangled lines. Michael Druks did a cartographic map of himself. His head is made up of spaces that contain the landscapes of his life with the inner (psychological) and outer (social) dynamic that shapes them on various levels of consciousness. This work suggests that we are different manifestations of the same source. In my further search for information about Glastonbury Tor, I learnt that the path that leads to the top is a kind of labyrinth. The maze symbolizes the journey of our life. I found out about Melchizedek (King of Salem) Labyrinth. Tony Christie uses this symbol for self discovery and healing. Labyrinth forces you to focus on a narrow path and it focuses your mind. It becomes quieter and free from outside noise and distractions. Also people are using Labyrinths for walking meditation and to unlock the universe within. There is only one pattern from outside to the center. Life, as walking in Labyrinth reflects decision making. We are asking ourselves which way to go or what we should do. Journey to the center is twisted. It represents many different things to different people. It represents what we are seeking in life. Sometimes it takes a turn and we feel like moving away from the center, which sometimes happens in our life and we are not fully present. Everything is happening for a reason. I like what Mark Wallinger says in relation to his work “Art on the Underground:” I hope Labyrinth can perhaps reflect that individual yet universal experience”. MOTOI YAMAMOTO creates huge labyrinths made from salt recall that nothing is permanent because after the exhibition his work is destroyed like Tibetan mandalas. This work focuses MOTOI’s mind who is in meditative state and frees his mind from suffering after the death of his sister. Why do People go to places like Glastonbury? Some of them looking for depth and meaning in life. Although the point, is the journey itself. Leaving the material world for a while frees you from the burden of everyday existence, from which people have done one great misfortune. It’s good to distance yourself and look at life from a different perspective. In the labyrinth each circuit represents chakra.
Chakras are spinning wheels of energy. The entire universe is made of energy and our body is no exception. The 7 chakras play an important role in the balance. Just like we have our energy centers, Earth also has chakras. When we start looking into the nature of this universe and the Earth, you will start to see how everything is a mirror. Within us is a Universe and around us and we are all connected. We are connected to the earth through the subtle electrical current that runs around the planet. These electrical currents are known as LEY LINES and are almost like veins. Lines of energy that coil around the earth in a similar fashion as a strand of DNA. Following this trail of DNA, I realized how everything connects with each other and how we are interdependent.
To express it, I used a chemical notation of the structure of DNA and other chemical compounds whose notation is usually in the shape of a hexagon.
Hexagon can be found everywhere in nature.It is one of the principal governing patterns that is dominant in the natural world. It can be found in honey comb, liver cells, snowflakes, crystals, cloud vortex on Saturn. This is the building block of creation. In hexagon designs and constructions there’s neither wasted space nor wasted energy. Combining the aspect of creation and the energy of chakras that have colors - I decided to include them in my work. They symbolize the path to awakening or enlightenment. They show a journey upwards to higher vibrations, Creative vibrations. 7 chakras and seven hexagons. The creative process itself is a reflection of the creation processes in the universe. I wanted to reflect various structures on my paintings. Like a landscapes of subconsciousness , emotions, stages of awakening. I was experimenting with paints, textures, colors to get the feeling of being one with everything, including each other. Image as a link to contemplation and reflection, to meditation. Transcendence - sense of place - from Glastonbury to universe to a place within you, because everything is connected. While working on this project, I understand more deeply what abstract art is. The purest forms of creation, non-objective.
“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird?
…people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.”
— Pablo Picasso
Picasso has a point. Art can’t be explained in words, because it’s influence on people is so personal and speaks to the nonverbal parts of our existence. Therefore, art is an experience. You must let go of your need to put things into words, and let the
artwork take you somewhere... even lift you into higher spheres.