2022 Exhibiting Artists
Self Across Time, 1450 x 610cm, Oil, acrylic and mixed-media on canvas 2021
Jenna and the Angels, 1500 x 75cm, Pencil, watercolour and gold leaf on paper 2021
Statement about Connections
The paintings and drawings in this exhibition each subtly conveys a memory or moment in time for specific people. Artworks are composed as an arrangement of separate canvas panels where one panel is a portrait and this hangs beside another panel which is the image or symbol of a memory. Some artworks consist of two or more portraits and two or more juxtaposing panels. The viewer is invited to look at the group of panels in the artwork and in so doing they will naturally begin to imagine their own narrative of how the panels relate to each other. They may envision underlying meaning relevant to the person or people portrayed.
For the viewer, this arrangement of individual panels triggers a physical process of repeatedly looking backwards and forwards across the spaces that are on and between the panels. The viewer is mentally constructing meaning through an action of making connections. So, on one hand, connection through spaces relates to the viewer’s interaction with the positive and negative spaces of the juxtaposing panels in order to build a storyline of what is being communicated.
Time also occupies its own negative and positive spaces and one’s act of remembering is a mental expedition from the present to a moment across time. The people portrayed in the artworks and their juxtaposing panels show the “now”, as viewed in the portrait, set against the “then” which is the panel symbolising the memory. Connection through spaces, when viewed through this lens, correlates with the sitter’s memory which exists in its own complex space, linking with their present self.
Over the decades my art practice has changed and evolved to reflect the different stages of my life and to express the influences of the times. As an Art teacher and practitioner, I have tried to covey a deep passion for the importance and relevance of the visual arts in helping each of us make sense of our life. My expressive themes have centred on “the self” and in particular the subjective powers that shape us to be the person we recognise as who we are. My research focuses on philosophical constructs of our personality and as a result my paintings and drawings convey expressions of identity which encompass spiritual, mental and esoteric concepts.
In recent years I have pursued a more representational and figurative style of art. This helps me create works that are personalized and truly about the people I am painting. To these portraits I insert the vast array of symbols and contexts that have filled my imagination since the 1980s.
Recent Work , mediums various
Sydney/Shire artist Keith Chidzey is a sculptor and land artist, driven by the magnificence and splendour of creation.
This energy manifests itself in various forms, through highlighting environmental responsibility, prophecy through art, and promoting social justice. Chidzey has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting /Drawing), a Master of Arts (Sculpture) and a Master of Fine Arts (research in Sculpture).
My practice currently utilizes the media of timber and bronze but is open to many other materials, including the continuation of the exploration of fire works. Thematically, I have recently been pursuing research into the history and contemporary implications of the life and writing of St. Francis of Assisi. Realization of this has taken material form, as commissions, residency work, and many group and solo shows.
Erin Kathleen Muir
Documentations from 'The Elements', Spiritual Self & Soul Space 2018
From Colour Effervescence Series - Purity, Life & Zest
each 101.6 x 152.4cm / 25 x 25cm Oil on canvas 2021
Bird Wing aspect & Selah
In my willow charcoal works, the lightest of powder is a soft-quiet appreciation in the quiet space in which I work – The particle interactive consciousness is an awareness of simple and more complex, unspoken-about spiritual connections. In production, I am working on a return to flight concepts away from the willow charcoal, and utilizing the soft to more subtle & vibrant colour availabilities of soft pastel ( charcoal’s sister ). The incredible colour resonance of bird life becomes focus.
The word ‘selah’ conjures up all the sensory knowing of the ‘ineffable divine’, esoteric-window availabilities – it is an undefined relationship as it involves the shapeshifting sensation in consciousness, our ‘rock’ as physical, living vehicle in situational soul-breath, shift cognition & “of, as spirit”. This I offer as an descriptive interpretation, relational and just that,an ‘offering’.
In the series of images, I explore the cresting-birth to winged, flight territory. The Bird Oracle gives honesty to felt alignment to all that exists in feature and with appreciation for archetypal light – rendition. We are of duality, flying – non-restrictive bloom
[ constructive ]; actively confident with life zest and active faith. As substance, our gravitation circumstance is in the earth realm and we are in the presence of spirit-omnipresent relationship. From Sound Call and response, air-born mystique & close intimate presence - I also give pictorial address to all of the abstractions. The extract to knowing hearts reveal in the above interpretation, is the also quiet appreciation of what I intend and plan to image in my upcoming deck. A love of liberation, freedom and strength is a Bird call.
Select works from both larger oracles in development, will be shown at Spiritual Self & Soul Space 2022, along with other series of my works in oil painting, drawing, and installation. Energy Work continues to be a feature of 'embracing colour - cognition' and the simplicity of situational remedial acquisition in therapeutic response. A necessary inclusion is that the Primordial Orange & the Ultramarine deck will be self-published with no commercial sales for retail sourcing.
Due to space limitations, and preference for Colour installations at the 2022, select oracle images will surface on Erin's personal website from May & August as a digital connection. www.siennaartspace.com
From Primordial Orange & Ultramarine Oracle,
each 101.6 x 152.4cm Oil on canvas 2021
From Spiritual Self & Soul Space 2018 The Elements,
Oil on canvas,
When I think about spirituality the first thing that comes to mind is the word, ‘interconnected’. For me, spirituality is a state of being that allows one to feel the all-encompassing interconnectedness of life.
Spirituality is a state of awareness that emerges from the introspective search for inner truth and is later expressed through a sense of divinity. Personally, I see spirituality as a fluid medium that gives my soul the freedom to transcend the physical world to immerse myself in the elements and cosmos to learn and evolve. I see my spirituality as an evolving state of awareness. As I evolve, I help those around me to evolve. My soul touches other souls; other souls touch me. It’s a never ending story of consciousness that seeks to connect with all things in this brilliant multi-verse we live in.
In my series of paintings for this exhibition I wanted to explore spirituality through the concept of the ‘Tree of Life’ which contains archetypal energies that seeds enlightenment and helps us become co-creators both here in the physical and in the cosmos. Our soul can only evolve by purging and destroying what no longer serves it…transmuting and gives birth to new realities. Interwoven through this soul journey is the awakening to a deeper interconnectedness of things from archetypal energies, planetary forces, elemental forces and spirit forces.
I hope my paintings open a dialogue on the nature of reality and connectedness, and help inspire them to look at transformation with new eyes.