“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”~Aristotle
There is more in the darkness of the unconscious mind than things we don’t want to face. Things like deep strength and compassion. Life changing things.
You will be surprised how Strong You Really Are
The collective unconscious is defined by the American Psychological Association as, “the part of the unconscious that, according to Carl Jung, is common to all humankind and contains the inherited accumulation of primitive human experiences in the form of ideas and images called archetypes and manifested in myths as well as other cultural phenomena (e.i., religion) and in dreams. It is the deepest and least accessible part of the unconscious mind.”1
However, the collective unconscious is not the least accessible part of the mind and may not be the deepest.
Archetypal images are used throughout the Master Work Series because of their relationship with the collective unconscious. They can help the viewer ignite a spark to know oneself and in turn get to know humanity though the journey.
“The fact is that archetypal images are so packed with meaning in themselves that people never think of asking what they really do mean . . . “~Carl Jung
Exploring the mind is an Exploration into Balance.
Master Work ~ Balance ~ 12″ x 16″ Acrylic on Back Stapled Canvas, 2017.
Inspired by, George Stubb’s, Horse Devoured by a lion, 1765.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”~Lao Tzu
Are you the horse, the tiger, both, or neither?
“Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.”~Isa Upanishads
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their Soul.” ~Carl Jung
In the search for Balance, fear is faced, Reviving the mind.
“We cannot learn without pain.”~Aristotle
Master Work ~Revival ~ 12″ x 16″ Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, and Archival Varnish on Back Stapled Canvas, 2018. Inspired by, Henri Fuseli’s, Nightmare, 1781.
Fuseli’s, Nightmare, did much more than motivate a painting, it pushed Kate’s development as an artist, and sparked her own revival.
Facing fear of the unknown reveals deep great value behind the curtains of the mind.
What will you find?
Strength is what happens when you transform pain.
Facing fear empowers the mind to Transcend.
Then the Battle can Begin . . .
Master Work ~Transcend ~ 11″ x 14″ Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, and Archival Varnish on Belgian Linen, 2018.
Like a critical stage in a butterflies life, Transcend, depicts a major transformation taking place. In an alien landscape there is an intense feeling of detachment from society as a figure separates from the web of illusive concepts. The figure displays stress while striving for freedom and is blind to the warm glow that’s melting the web. In the battle of clearing the mind it’s a challenge to be released from the cocoon’s grip, but a vital one.
When the mind begins to clear,
the knowledge from looking within is clear, then
the opportunity to wake up deep strength and much more is clear.
Master Work ~ Forgotten Infrastructure ~ 11″ x 14″ Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, and Archival Varnish on Belgian Linen, 2018.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”~Carl Jung
The lion, so comfortable sleeping with his tongue out, cannot use his strength for what he does not see. Snuggled upon the roots of the Tree of Life, the sleeping lion’s access to his own power and knowledge goes unnoticed. Waking the lion up unveils that the power to heal, change, and create is always within.
“O sleepers! what a thing is slumber! Sleep resembles death. Ah, why then dost thou not work in such wise as that after death thou mayst retain a resemblance to perfect life, when, during life, thou art in sleep so like to the hapless dead?”
~ Leonardo da Vinci
An awakened mind is limitless possibility; Limitless Life~
“Your gifts lie in the place where your values, passions, and strengths meet. Discovering that place is the first step toward sculpting your Master Piece, Your Life.” ~ Michelangelo
Master Work ~ Limitless Life ~ 16” x 20” Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, Color Shifting Acrylic, Metal Leaf Flakes, and Archival Varnish on Belgian Linen, March 2019.(First piece in Diptych ~Together We are One~ created to be placed above)
Unlocking the strength of the lion enables the ability to paint your desired portrait, but first the old portrait must be primed. Infinite possibilities held in a blank canvas reveal a vision of limitless life. Things once concealed begin to come out of the shadows, and like the snake that sheds its skin,
the mind sheds old beliefs and blockages. Now the capacity to see the growth process, from the seed to bloom is revealed, even the roots.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”~Carl Jung
Creation is Your tool, What will You do with it?
“The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero to the lion who overcomes himself.”~Rumi
Some of smallest details make the largest impacts.
Finding Balance Consciously Transforms what the Mind Creates.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”~Carl Jung
Master Work ~ Transformed Creation ~ 14”x 18” Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, Color Shifting Acrylic, Metal Leaf Flakes, and Archival Varnish on Belgian Linen, April 2019.
(Second piece in Diptych ~Together We are One~ created to be placed below)
The lion gently but sternly takes the tail out of the dragon’s mouth, breaking the cycle and transforming creation. In doing so, it wakes up the phoenix. Out from the dark cave depths the dragon is now displayed under the fiery wing of the phoenix, and powerful change takes place. Into the black hole, EVERYTHING GOES, except for the phoenix who rises above to create anew.
~Transform Yourself and Transform the World.~
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”~Albert Einstein
~ Together We are One ~
Deep Rooted Healing
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”~Buddha
Master Work ~ Deep Rooted Healing ~ 11”x 14” Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, Color Shifting Acrylic, Metal Leaf Flakes, and Archival Varnish on Belgian Linen, January, 2020.
Deep in the forest of the mind there is a place where the lady slipper grows . . .
The lady slipper is an ancient symbol for finding ones path in life. It leads to finding your subconscious strength, balance, and piece to humanities puzzle.
The lady slipper is close to the unicorn who represents unity.
The process of finding our pieces naturally unites our puzzle.
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither; Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”~J.R.R. Tolkien
“Duality is always secretly unity.”~Alan Watts
“Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension.”~Albert Einstein
“You will never do anything in the world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”~Aristotle
~The power of humanities collective mind changes the world. ~
“So far as we have any information about man, we know that he has always and everywhere been under the influence of dominating ideas.”~Carl Jung
Master Work ~ Subconscious Strength ~ 11”x 14” Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, Color Shifting Acrylic, Metal Leaf Flakes, and Archival Varnish on Belgian Linen, April, 2020.
“A large essence opposes the weak by its weight and strength and the small affects the large by it’s delicacy and kindness. For instance, a snake kills large animals and in the same manner small and tiny ants in large numbers can kill strong snakes. You ought to reflect on these signs.”~ Author Unknown
Change, more often than not, is a scary process. Instead of staying in the grip of fear, Grip fear and transform it by facing it.
Trust in Yourself, like the lion who breaks the infinite attachment of the two-headed snake.
“No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself.”~Pythagoras
“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression.”~Pythagoras
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”~Albert Einstein
~Subconscious Strength Breaks the Cycle~
You will be surprised how Strong You Really Are.
You have the potential and the power to create any world you want ~ You Are Human.
Master Work Diptych ~ Omnipresence ~ composed of Tainted, (3’x4′) transformed by Pure Intentions (14’x18″) when placed within; Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic, Metal Leaf Flakes, and Archival Varnish on Belgian Linen, December 2020.
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all previous centuries of existence.” ~Nikola Tesla
“The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.”~Aristotle
~A Painting within a Painting~
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”~Einstein
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”~Einstein
“To find yourself, think for yourself.”~Socrates
What’s Tainted is Transformed when Pure Intentions are placed within.
“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.”~Galileo