Mixed media on canvas / 30cm x 30cm
Cataclysm is an embodiment of force and destruction, fuelled by chaos and frustration, but also of strength, determination and transformation. The ability to endure such forces by finding a way to react and flow with them, instead of preventing, resisting or manipulating them, allows important processes to occur. These processes are necessary for the creation of new elements and the development of existing ones, crucial to change and progress.
Image sourced from: http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilimanjaro
On a recent trip to Kenya I saw the great mount Kilimanjaro. My first glimpse of it was in the sky. I leaned my head up against the window of the aeroplane, eyes wide and growing eager in anticipation. Thousands of miles above the ground and into the clouds, there it appeared, the peak surrounded by a sea of white clouds. It was a perfect view, an image of stillness and serenity, which filled my heart with a deep sense of gratitude.
In those moments I imagined the rewards of being up there, standing on the peak, where the world could be seen from a new perspective. Having struggled through the numerous challenges and endured the experience, which was in fact, a pilgrimage to a fuller state of consciousness.
My second encounter with Kilimanjaro was from the ground. As we drove across the savannah in the early morning mist, I sat looking out of the window of the jeep, when the driver uttered the word ‘Kilimanjaro’. I focused my eyes into the distance and there it was, as vast as can be and settled deep into the earth. I felt centred, grounded and empowered in its presence. The whole experience left me feeling inspired.
Since returning from my trip my art practice has taken a new direction and appears to have become more dynamic. It seems that nature has made a lasting impression, as the theme emerges imminently through unconscious process.