i am currently involved in an online class via abbey of the arts called women on the threshold. as with any course i've ever been a part of at the abbey, the journey through the material takes me places i never dreamed i could go.
this past week, we were invited to do "gush art" (the focus is on process, not product) while listening to a piece of music of our choosing. this first image (layers) is what came through. i was very aware of that big red gash...which for me symbolized a very deep wound - the deepest kind of wound that affects body, mind and spirit.
in my artwork in general these days, i find i do not want to be limited to one medium...one mode of creating, so i took layers into some image editing software and did some "digital gush art" using it as the source image. thus this...
became this...phoenix rising. when taken into another realm, the deep wound transforms into something else entirely...a healing, of sorts, occurs.
in art, as in life, when the invitation to step across a threshold comes, transformation happens...limitations fall away as you taste freedom, and suddenly you realize you can never go back, indeed, never want to go back to the way things were before.
the song i listened to (i will be free by cindy morgan) while creating these pieces is one i've known and loved for many years. it has always held special meaning for me...even more so now. it was not until today, however, that i saw the video for it. talk about crossing a threshold!