Thursday, June 4, 2009

via negativa

recently, i have been thinking a lot about what is known in art as "negative space" and the way it can become transformed simply by shifting one's focus. we go from being able to see only the obvious to seeing objects or patterns emerge that previously had been hidden to us. life is like that sometimes...we can and do learn a great deal from what is being said. however, we often learn more when we listen for and pay attention to the "negative space" and hear what is not being said. i'm reminded of a line from my favorite prayer by george appleton that says: "...show me the hidden things..." to be shown the hidden things is to be given a unique gift - namely - the opportunity for our lives (and the lives of others) to be transformed in ways previously thought impossible. a "negative space" can thus become a creative womb of sorts, giving rise to new ways of being, healing and wholeness.

4 comments:

Ketzirah Carly said...

I love this one. Well, I love most of them. I clicked and got the big version and it's really fabulous.

It leaves so many questions to explore and colors to fill in with my mind...or a crayon!

Sue O'Kieffe said...

clever mandala and welcome words.thank you.

Cheryl Finley: said...

Oh yes Stacy...I like this. What you talk about helps us shift our perspective...to see differently. Thank you! i'm learing to do just that with my mandalas.. "reading" them in a different way...seeing them with a deeper vision.

doegrozart said...

What a great post!
I immediately saw the chalice.
Then I saw the vase :-)
shift!
wonderful mandala!