My walk with the ‘Liberate Your Art’ postcard swap has come to journey’s end. Liberate was enabled by Kat Sloma www.kateyestudio.com and I received this beautiful postcard image of a blue door a few days ago by way of ‘thank you’ for participating in the swap. The image is very apt as it could be said that Kat was ‘opening doors’.
It was the first time I’d taken part in a postcard swap. In exchange for 5 postcards of my own work, I could expect to receive postcards from 5 of the other participating artists. I would describe my feelings, on finding one of the postcards in my postbox as joyful. Liberate Your Art has not just been a liberation of art, but of spirit.
Cara’s postcard of the rose, carries the quote: “Where flowers bloom so does hope”. (Lady Bird Johnson) I think it can be said that where artists can meet and exchange across the world, so there is also hope and, as the rose suggests, there is love.
Lynn Wigren’s collage is also a patchwork. Patchwork/quilting has a long and deep history, is about community, especially between women and about belonging.
Stephanella Walsh’s three red flowers also symbolise community – family in particular. The three flowers seem playful, are playful, but as triplets they are non-identical, hinting (for me)that no being is identical to another, no matter the similarities in outward appearance and trilogies have figured as symbols in almost every one of humankind’s belief systems. It is no surprise that her website (seems) all about people.
Rosa’s postcard came with the following enigmatic quote: “The definition of INSANITY is doing the same things and expecting different results”. Albert Einstein
On her site she states: “… there’s more to life than being a slave to money …”
Sassy’s postcard is of the Tibetan Buddhist deity Green Tara. If I’d looked less quickly I’d have realised it could not have been, as I’d first believed, Nataraja (Lord of the Dance). Tara is also known as the Mother of Liberation and is therefore a very apt image for the Liberate Your Art theme of the postcard swap. She also stands for success in work and achievements and is known as the Buddha of enlightened activity.
Thanks for letting me walk a while with you! Hope to meet up for another ramble, in the next card swap in 2012.
And wishing you luck with your enlightened activity that is Art.