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AURA - What a Journey
June 28, 2016
AURA, my first Solo Art Exhibition communicates freedom of expression through painting. I studied diverse colour palettes in detail. The predominant colour in my work is blue; a colour which I find both calming and powerful. AURA is about pushing boundaries, striving for dynamism and unconventionality, freeing one’s mind and soul.
I’ve been working on this artwork for the past year. I first started the journey by painting pictures of sunsets, landscapes and seascapes where I failed to reach the level of satisfaction I yearned for. One day I decided to close all my books, put away all my pictures and preconceived ideas, invisible stereotypes and just painted what I felt I should. The creation of these paintings left me with an insatiable feeling of freedom, power and beauty.
This set of abstract paintings communicates fluidity and experimentation expressed through diverse media and their different reactions. I tried many different techniques and materials including resin, acrylic, water colour, oil, pastels, chalk and diverse chemicals. Other than the research behind colour palette experimentation, I looked into and carried out several trials to achieve different techniques and effects. This process was laborious and took several hours of practice. Some work was done in one sitting which took up to 6 hours or more and others even took up-to 4 days. Most of the work presented here today is on canvas whilst others on are on wooden surfaces.
My experience has been a process of self discovery, learning by doing, starting from mistakes and turning them into something beautiful. The feeling of turning a blank canvas into an explosion of colour and shapes is extremely satisfying. Not having any prior expectations only made these achievements more alluring in my eyes.
My source of inspiration is an Australian Resin Artist who I felt I could relate to. His mind-set and his freedom of expression inspired me to start creating my own pieces and encouraged me to not be afraid of trying. This journey has taught me how to embrace fear and overcome it, one painting at a time. My paintings are reminders of obstacles I’ve overcome, diverse feelings I’ve experienced and a means of communicating who I am to the those around me in ways that words cannot.
My goal for AURA has been to create and communicate my take on creativity, beauty and originality and ultimately to inspire others who have also been paralysed by fear and to encourage them to follow their hearts by pursuing what they want to communicate to others around them in a positive way.