This week I have started a new painting ‘The Connection’. It is a pause in the journey where two people start to really ‘see’ each other and join on an emotional (even spiritual) and finally physical level.
Connection is at the heart of everything we do as humans…we were born to connect and belong, not only to each other, but in communities just as animals do in nature, but also within our environments. We are small elements of a larger force and realising and utilising this can only make our lives richer and more fulfilling.
Of course this is made easier when we are in a happy place in our lives...when we feel safe to be who we really are, without pretence and without having to wear a mask. When we do build the courage to express our true nature in what we do in life, our aura or energy field expands, and we become even stronger conduits for connection and ultimately life prosperity.
I am so grateful to be practising my art at a stage in my life where I have less fear about who I really am and now feel able to share that part of me with people. For so long I tried to be something that I am not – it is ironic how so many of us resist what actually comes naturally to us, what makes us feel good, and instead of embracing it and using it in our job or vocation we hide it away. For me, like many I felt I needed to fit into society and the expectations of those around me. I always stood out for my ability in art at School but because academics were revered I never really felt I should pursue my love of art. Instead I strove to fit in the business world, with a job that would sound ok!
I remember someone saying to me once… “Do what your life’s love is and then you will be successful”. So here is to hoping!
Of course it’s not just down to me taking the plunge to follow this truth. I also need the help and guidance of those close to me. I am so grateful to have so many wonderful friends and an amazingly supportive partner who holds my hand in this new adventure.
Yesterday I was reminded of how new found connections are enriching and nourishing my Exhibition. I have developed a connection with people working at Niche framing. As my relationship grows with them I benefit from their wisdom, advice and insights in how to develop my work and for this I am very grateful. What can be better than to continuously grow and learn in life? To listen to the wealth of knowledge surrounding you so you can reach beyond your potential!
So this blog is written in gratitude to Victoria, Joseph, Hannah, Rupert and Tim at Niche Framing. Thank you for connecting with me and allowing me to feed from your continued support and inspiration. Sonya.
"Cubism is like standing at a certain point on a mountain and looking around. If you go higher, things will look different; if you go lower, again they will look different. It is a point of view."
This encapsulates an intention I have for two paintings in my up and coming Exhibition. I have relished painting moving figures who reflect passion and emotion…they have reminded me how we all hold emotional memory within us – remnants of our experiences of connection with others, both joyous beautiful and exciting yet vulnerable and exposing. My intention is to evoke a response in the viewer so they reconnect with that part of them that they may have forgotten. This is about lifting your Soul out of the depths of modern life where we consume ourselves with distraction and loose connection with what makes us human. Instead, you re-ignite the light at the centre of you…and really FEEL.
Having immersed myself in this emotive painting process for the last few months I have now reached a point where I want to challenge the norm and see if I can also change the viewpoint.
I want to help you to view the painting from not just the top of the mountain or the bottom at the same time, but from within yourself – engaging your own inner world and imagination and allowing this to combine with my art so you produce your own internal version.
This new challenge takes me back to a time early on in my School life when I was set a project by my art teacher. I was asked to produce a painting of two people and stylise it based on the principles of cubism. I remember bringing the piece of work in to show my teacher and being surprised at his response…I was too young to truly understand the connotation I had innocently made in the work…but all he said was ‘Sonya, this is very interesting…it is seductive even’!
So…I pick up from whence I started all those years ago…and ask ‘Are you ready to change your viewpoint?’ Cubist paintings can be too abstract for some, and you will certainly find honesty and tradition in the first ‘Seduction’ phase of my paintings at the Exhibition. But maybe you can challenge yourself to let your playful heart dance with ‘The Merging’ and ‘The Elation’….you will have to come along and see if you can…
What I CAN reveal is a little of the background which helped me to produce these two works.
Cubism was one of the first truly modern movements to emerge in art. It evolved during a period of heroic and rapid innovation between Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The movement has been described as having two stages: 'Analytic' Cubism, in which forms seem to be 'analyzed' and fragmented; and 'Synthetic' Cubism, in which newspaper and other foreign materials such as chair caning and wood-veneer, are collaged to the surface of the canvas as 'synthetic' signs for depicted objects.
Analytic Cubism staged modern art's most radical break with traditional models of representation. It abandoned perspective, which artists had used to order space since the Renaissance. And it turned away from the realistic modelling of figures and towards a system of representing bodies in space that employed small, tilted planes, set in a shallow space. Over time, Picasso and Braque also moved towards open form - they pierced the bodies of their figures, let the space flow through them, and blended background into foreground. Some historians have argued that its innovations represent a response to the changing experience of space, movement, and time in the modern world.
Synthetic Cubism proved equally important and influential for later artists. Instead of relying on depicted shapes and forms to represent objects, Picasso and Braque began to explore the use of foreign objects as abstract signs. Their use of newspaper would lead later historians to argue that, instead of being concerned above all with form, the artists were also acutely aware of current events - in particular World War I.
My interpretation of these cubist themes is to fragment a piece of work into segments and allow those pieces to stand alone as entities and to allow them to dance with each other; I believe energy is all around us and energy is transformed all the time - new dynamics can be created by changing the sequence, pattern or relationship of lines and tone when you introduce different segments of a whole to each other. A whole new personality takes shape, one which can be interpreted by the viewer and what’s more the viewer’s own paradigm can influence the piece. I have enjoyed playing with segments, realising what bold new forms can be born. I have sought new connections and given them a little helping hand with shading, tone and suggestive line. My own energy has played a part, and helped create something new. I hope you enjoy playing with these paintings too…
What do you like to see in Art? Do you like transparency or hidden meanings or viewpoints? I would like to know….do you feel safe in transparency? Or do you feel awakened and energised by possibilities? An art critique once said, “Picasso commenced the long struggle not to express what he could see but not to express the things he did not see, that is to say the things everybody is certain of seeing but which they do not really see”.
So I invite you to join me on an adventure – one where your Soul is set alight, you savour memories of passion and vulnerability and you let new viewpoints feed your salacious imagination….
I will look forward to seeing you on the 8th November 2014….
My working ethos is 'Play & Revelation' where I continually explore new ways of working, sometimes even destroying works to transform into new!
From February 2019 Sonya will be selling her collections at 'Leaf Creative' in Huntley, owned by Peter Dowle. This beautiful garden centre specialises in unusual shrubs, acer trees and hand selected plants. The perfect place to showcase her leaf inspired ceramics!
Sonya is pleased to announce that having been a provisional member with the Cotswold Craftsmen during 2018, she has now been accepted as a permanent member and invited to be publicity officer on the committee. Sonya will be exhibiting her work at a number of County Shows in 2019 - watch her events page for more upcoming details.
Sonya is now offering 1 day 'Pottery Workshops' with a national craft course provider. Start 2019 learning something new! In 1 day attentive tuition with Sonya you will learn throwing, coiling and hand-building techniques.
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