Creativity for Spiritual Evolution
Art of Shakti uses visual creativity to explore the depth of human consciousness and reach heightened states of awareness.
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Founder of Art of Shakti, Artist
A mixed media abstract artist, studied Art at Hampshire College in relation to psychology, using visual creativity to explore subconscious layering of the mind.
"I began creating art when I was trapped and had no other option. I fell into a dark depression and could not escape myself or my surroundings. My mind was scrambled and I identified so heavily with my negative, in-cohesive thoughts. I picked up a piece of paper and pencil, and began purging the inner havoc of my mind. It was my first opportunity to feel I could finally sufficiently express my alienating volatile internal experience that words could not describe. My coping through art carried on through long periods of addiction and isolation. Yet it wasn't all darkness (even in those times), through creation I would tap into something within me that allowed a natural flow of energy, and in those moments, I no longer identified with the noise of my mind. That is when I decided I wanted to pursue Art Therapy.
I studied Art and Psychology at Hampshire College. I took classes in Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Psychology, Philosophy of the Mind, Poetics of the Unconscious (Creativity through Psychoanalysis). I experimented with so many mediums and branched out, from painting, charcoal drawing, to digital art, stop motion, sculptures. I felt I had found my calling, yet I was still suffering.
Overtime I realized Art was beautiful and therapeutic, but not enough to heal. During a period of isolation, I found the transformative healing practice of Kriya Yoga. Yoga transformed me from inside out. It allowed me to access depths of my mind that I had been trying to mend for so long. Now I return back to the beauty of artistic creation by expressing divine mystical experiences that occur during chanting and meditation.
So often do we think of an Artist's muse to be their unbearable suffering, yet we can also use the light of divine energy to be the driving force of creation. Shakti, divine feminine energy of all, materializing through visual works is one of many ways to share the blessings of this light."