Inspired Contemporary Art by Women

Laura Borealisis

Historically, too few Women Artists were able to attain any level of mastery because lack of access to learn, cultural disapproval during their time period, or the challenge of balancing obligations as mothers and various other gender roles. While some of this still echoes from the past, it is indeed the past! With the internet and social media, our opportunities for connection & sharing are expanded exponentially and we are able to cultivate and change these old patterns that once prevailed.

The soul force and nourishment of the feminine expression is needed in our world so I have compiled a preliminary list of Women Artists for Culture Collective. By no means is this list complete… in fact, we think it will always be a work in progress. This collection does not include some of the often-overlooked old masters, such as Artemisia Gentileschi, nor even more staple names such as Georgia O’keefe or Frida Kahlo. While I actually really love the idea of such a collection, this gallery consists primarily of artists living and creating, Now.

The women are not divided up by professional status here, although in future features there may be more focus on those areas. All that was required was a consistent body of work, easy accessibility to the work, and proper photographs (no weird light, not blurry, and cropped properly when necessary).

With such volume, it was a bit wonky to curate all the imagery, and I’m sure it is ripe for scrutiny. However, it has been cultivated in a spirit of Sisterhood, where women in all different phases of their artistic journey, as well as different styles, have been included. It was crafted in a manner of finding what makes us relate. So, you may see that work is grouped or coupled with similar works in similar styles, mediums, or color schemes.

My hope is that these Artists will find connection with each other, community, mutual growth, and also expansion beyond where we are each currently at in our processes. May the opportunity to see more art from women help the youth find new inspiration and role models for crafting their own creative voice, as well as find the courage to share their unique creative identity alongside their male comrades. And of course, may any artist find beauty and inspiration here, regardless of gender.

My other hope is that this collection will inspire a deeper interest and desire to cultivate knowledge in the culture around Art; to expand our awareness of Art, Artists, and the various ideas, impulses, and belief-systems being put forth through Art. May we know more artists and their works, and may gender no longer be an inhibitor for engagement with Art. I implore you to develop a broader, yet more acute taste and vocabulary with which to engage art and creativity; to see deeper, to feel deeper, to find ourselves more fully resonant  & articulate with that which is known as Art.

Please enjoy this gallery. Contact the artists via social media or personal websites – Most of them provided their art via facebook, so I suggest that specific network for contacting them should you desire to do so. I could not link everyone’s info here, so another wonderfully convenient option is to consult the mighty Oracle of Google ~ And, of course, take some time to see, feel, think about, and enjoy these works from the feminine side of the spectrum.

Many Blessings,

Ashely

Featured Image (top)  Laura Borealisis – “Frida”

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Visionary Art & Transformational Culture at Sananda Gallery

Before capitalism, visual art was traditionally used to capture the dreams and aspirations of a community. Displayed in palaces, cathedrals and churches these works were considered the highest expression of culture treasured by the elite and the peasant classes. Today fine art has become so intellectualized and high-priced that it rarely serves these functions of giving vision, inspiration, definition or a shared expression of emerging culture within society. Though art comes from the artist, it is meant to have roots in the community that birthed it and sustains it. The Sananda Gallery in Venice, Ca. highlights the tremendous talent of the emergent visionary art scene combined with a vibrant community of cultural creatives. This sophisticated, yet gritty collective is making art relevant again by placing it back into the heart of the community and freeing it from the narrow confines of over-priced, intellectualized, and often sterile galleries.

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When we study history we often reference art: art is the cultural commentary, it reflects the flavor and feeling of the time period on a deeper level than written or oral histories can.  Art gives context and adds dimension to the story, providing a sensory window into what life was like during the time of its creation. -Liana Sananda

I was lucky enough to be present at a recent art opening at Sananda Gallery at Full Circle Venice in early April. The environment was like a carnival, an immersive experience of creativity. Cannibal Flower, a curating team made up by L. Croskey and Valentine Reitblat, have been throwing art parties in LA for over a decade. They are intrinsic in the low brow art culture in Los Angeles, and are curating partners with Liana Sananda at the gallery. All together, they are building a narrative to the growing new contemporary art scene and the visionary art scene.

Stiltwalkers, patrons in eccentric and colorful attire, dancing, live music, people cuddling on pillows in the corner, lots of laughing and vibrant conversation filled the air. While the high brow art world is about exclusion, loftiness, and elusiveness, the community that gathers around the Visionary Art movement is characterized by inclusion, openness, and connection.  Where the environments of contemporary art are sterile and cold, a visionary art show is warm, dynamic, and buzzing with energy.

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 9.33.57 PMOutside in front of the gallery, artist Michael Divine and his wife Violet Divine were showing their public mural in process. They have been working on it for weeks with the help of other artists in the community. Public art is perhaps one of the most potent forms of bringing art back into the community and it is rarely given the credit it deserves.

For a deeper look into the power of murals to inspire and tell important stories, check out this article, or see the work of other visionary artists like Xavi Panneton and Chris Dyer in Taking it to the Streets. Essencia Art Collective is also excelling in using public art with students for educational and community-building purposes in Making Walls Talk. Sananda Gallery is taking all of these diverse creative elements and weaving them into a community center.

Up until recently Visionary Art, like public art, has also been under appreciated because artists paint live at festivals, or the inclusive nature of the community embraces artists at all levels of expertise. The capitalistic model says that scarcity increases profits. Exclusivity may help a piece sell for a higher amount but it also distances art from the community at large. The cost that a piece of art sells for in a gallery and it’s intrinsic value within a community are 2 distinctly different things.

In Michael Divine’s recent blog, The Mystical Lineage in Contemporary Art, he gives a detailed history of art that shows the relevance and context of Visionary Art. He poignantly dispels the common criticisms of Visionary Art, turning the mirror back on the Contemporary Art community and inviting art to reclaim it’s rightful place in community, and in the human experience. Michael’s art is amazing, and the fact that he can so eloquently articulate in his blog about Visionary Art helps to push this genre to the forefront. I highly recommend reading the blog in it’s entirety here!

So we return to the relationship between artist and viewer. The Visionary Art that we see – the resplendent and transformative pictures that are being created today – allow the viewer to step into a direct relationship with themselves. It doesn’t require intellectualized ideas and pomp and circumstance to make it mean something. The best pieces – the masterworks of these artists – can be looked at as actual equations of our relationship to the divine. -Visionary Artist, Michael Divine

I have been a huge fan of this movement and enjoyed writing about it over the years. In Visionary Art, You’re painted Into the Picture I explore the idea of mirror neurons mimicking the exalted state of consciousness that is depicted in in transcendental art. It is very clear that we are still at the very beginning of this modern renaissance that invites both artist and art-lover to look within towards the transcendent. Artists like Vajra and Ashely Forman are using their skills to bring awareness and support to social and environmental issues. Elders of the scene like Mark Henson and Alex Grey continue to innovate and define this emergent genre. Others like Amanda Sage, Morgan Mandala, and Elizabeth Banker bring a uniquely feminine flavor to the scene making this not a boys-club of artists. This collaborative community of artists continue to support, influence and elevate each others highest expression.

If you happen to be in Venice, California you should definitely stop by and tour the Sananda Gallery at 305 Rose Ave. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to participate in one of their community events at Full Circle, live paintings, workshops, or be the first to see new works at an opening.

Visionary Artists are transforming our culture with colorful brush strokes but transformational culture is a whole lot more than paintings… This movement continues to evolve and make history, it is incomplete without your voice! You don’t need to be in Venice to experience this scene though, you will find many of these artists painting live at numerous transformational festivals across the country. Support them by sparking a conversation, buying a print or sharing your own inspiration, this is an inclusive community!

A Moment Shared Around The World, The Collective Field

Amanda Sage Art

“…there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals.” -Carl Jung

Amanda SageIs there a psychic realm of thought, ideas, and imagination that is shared by all humans across space and time? Jung used the term “Collective Unconscious” which infers that there must also be a collective consciousness that individuals everywhere have the ability to tap in to. How might we learn to tune into this well-spring of creativity and personal power to bring healing to ourselves while also assisting our species in a much needed transformation to address the mounting issues of our time?

The Multiple Discovery concept describes the phenomena where, throughout history individuals around the world working independently and without knowledge of each other have made the same discovery at practically the same moment. For many years people thought it was impossible for a runner to break the 4-minute-mile. As soon as Roger Bannister did it, he gave dozens of other athletes ‘permission’ to do the same within the same year. What is apparent is that there is a collective field of thought/belief that dictates, to some degree, what is possible and these limits are continuously being expanded upon.  

Vladimir Vernadsky used the term “Noosphere” to describe the sphere of human thought as a distinct realm that shapes the physical world and thus the life-forms that inhabit it.

In the theory of Vernadsky, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life). Just as the emergence of life fundamentally transformed the geosphere, the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere. -Wikipedia

With these ideas swirling through ones head in relation to the immense global problems we are facing, it is apparent that a “mind-shift” is in order. Individually and collectively we have the ability to bring about transformation and once again expand our notion of what is possible for humans and our planet. That, in essence, is core to the emerging “Unify Movement”.

Amanda Sage*Paintings Courtesy of Amanda Sage*

Unify invites individuals around the world to “drop-in” simultaneously in moments of meditation, prayer, dance, or ceremony to strengthen the collective field and open possibilities for a gentle resolve to global tensions. We all know what it is like to walk into a room full of tension and anxiety, as pressure builds we can feel the potential for violence to break out. Likewise we know what it feels like to walk into a room that is filled with safety and love. These vibrations or emotions can not be seen yet they are very contagious and contribute greatly to what is created within a given space. When people consciously focus their mindful energy together simultaneously towards increasing the vibration for positive outcomes globally, we can alter the course of history.

The Global Coherence Initiative is an international effort that seeks to help activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. GCI conducts groundbreaking research on the interconnection between humanity and Earth’s magnetic fields and energetic systems. –Global Coherence Initiative Mission

There are many scientific studies currently being conducted on this emerging phenomena. Recent discoveries have shown that humans can change the pH of water through focused intention. Though small this is one of the first empirical studies that shows that we can change physical properties with our thoughts. A leading group of well-respected scientists have come together and presented a Manifesto for Post-Materialistic Science as a solution to the limitations of classical physics. Princeton University is studying the Noosphere through the Global Consciousness Project and it appears that there is more than enough evidence to encourage us to consider the possibilities for collective global moments with focused intention.

The noosphere is global, we are all in the same “room”. The vibrations of fear and violence are powerful and mostly unconscious. The antidote is a conscious, mindful strengthening of the collective field of love, healing, and transformation. Unify is not merely ethereal or mystical, it is a practical response to the situation we find ourselves in right now on the planet. Some say that humanity is doomed to self-destruct and those same people also once said humans could not break the 4-minute-mile. Possibilities are endless, the wave of consciousness and transformation is contagious. Surf’s up, it’s time to BE the change. Join us!

Everyone, Everywhere, Together