JUMPING THE BOULDERS
110CM X 110CM, MIXED MEDIA ON BELGIAN LINEN
And meandered around
Layer by layer,
Gentle and strong
Sadness and exhilaration,
Hot anger and
The protection of the heart.
What is left now is
freedom and pure joy
under the vast blue sky
with the wind
in your hair
jump the boulders.
This brand new work embodies the importance of allowing space for feelings of anger and revenge, but at the same time not to act on them.
The process I describe above can also happen quietly while creating art. This work is infused with that energetic journey, resulting in a piece that depicts joy triumphing over anger. That’s not the same as repressing anger, or putting a lid on it. You have to go through the anger to get to the place of joy.
This work represents that transformation, the shape-shifting of energy, through feelings of unfairness and sadness, red hot anger and self-protective boundaries of the colour orange… all gradually washed away, layer by layer.
You are now left feeling freedom and pure joy under the vast, protective blue sky – with the wind in your hair while you jump the boulders.
The red and orange of the boulders remind us to stop, change and transform.
They also represent the solid support you may need at times like this; a partner, teacher, or healer – they offer strong yet gentle comfort.
When we allow ourselves to channel our anger safely, and not vent it towards others or turn it on ourselves, it offers a powerful transformative energy within us. From that place, true healing can occur.