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The Art of Being a Doula (Gallery 2 of 3)

My undergrad thesis was entitled “The Platonic Metaphysical Influences on Twentieth Century Painting”. Huh? What does that mean? I confess, I was heavily influenced by Plato’s writings and philosophy of making sense of making sense of things. I was a wid- eyed college student who wondered about everything, especially how to see beauty amid what seemed so ugly, unjust and distorted. Lacking the capabilities of all five senses, I succumbed to the notion of dismissing them altogether and solely seeking a mindset of capability. Here is a quote from my thesis that I clung to:

“In Plato’s dialogue with Phaedrus, he said, “Justice, or the Good, cannot be imitated through images of natural objects. The soul of the true artist (which is in uninhibited communion with the divine or universal) will direct his art…the art of the true artist becomes a transformation of the earthly experience. It does away with representing the physical object and how it appears to the senses and concentrates on how it appears as a metaphysical object. To the human eye, it is random chaos; but to the mind’s eye, it is ordered simplicity.”

Yet, even within my mind capabilities, something still seemed lacking to grasp fully. I became aware of how my truest reality is more than just in the mind – it is al of me because of all of who Jesus was/is. Here is an excerpt from the apostle Paul’s dialogue with the Philippians:

“Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:1 – 11

This kind of theology seems to offer a “third way” of living that Plato’s philosophy cannot articulate. We are not made to be dichotomized; Jesus is the culmination of the truest essence of both physical and metaphysical reality that offers us an opportunity to holistically love and serve each other in a way that only promotes beauty, truth and justice. I, as a human in light of what I may lack have been made capable through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection to embody, perceive and imitate such likeness. This is the inspiration behind my artwork as well as my doula work.

 

2D PAINTING & 3D MIXED MEDIA

 

Jewelry Box

Jewelry Box; acrylic painting 1993

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The Painter; performance art painting 3 x 5 fft. 1994

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The Word Became Flesh; acrylic painting 2005

Blossom 1

Blossom #1; fresco painting – acrylic mixed with plaster on wood panel 2012

Blossom2

Blossom #2; fresco painting – acrylic mixed with plaster on wood panel 2012

The m.o.d.e.l.; performance art extravaganza – process #3 textiles 1998

Body, Soul, Spirit; wood, paper-mâché, silk 2000

Paper Cast

Paper cast; paper-mache on clay mold 2013

Resurrection

Resurrection; wood, paper-mache and acrylic paint 2014

References:

  1. Dialogue with Phaedrus; Plato
  2. The Third Way; YouTube 
  3. The Weight of Glory; C.S. Lewis
  4. The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination; Daniel J. Boorstin