“I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.” Ben Shahn


I work with the idea, arts involve any skill or mastery in a practice.

The practices (movement, craft, photography, film etc) and tools (body, pigment, camera, textile etc) I use, are context-based, depending on the need at hand and/or idea being explored.

I am interested in inspiration, and its unknown origin. As an artist once explained to me, she “just saw it [the idea], kept seeing it and had to create it.”

Art as a ‘physical manifestation of an internal creative impulse’.

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness – I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.” Aaron Copland

Or as Piet Mondrian said;

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”

My practice fits within traditional or Indigenous concepts of art that make little distinction between art, science and life. Art-making and creativity being central to human and environmental wellbeing and vice versa. Arts connecting us, to the world around us.

I use local, renewable, raw materials. This stems from a background in environmental science, studies with Indigenous teachers and influences from traditional modern craft artists like Ben Richardson. Growing, foraging and collecting local materials slows my life and practice, connects me to the landscape and the community around me. The process of making is as much the art, as the final object or outcome.

The process of sharing what I  know through Soul Strong Society is especially ‘the art’. Creating spaces where people play with their artistic abilities, the communities around them and the natural world.

I am especially interested in balance and harmony in a world of paradox and polarity; science / art, intellect / feeling, mind / body, masculine / feminine, microcosm / macrocosm, self / universe.

The fundamental arts technique I practice is mindfulness, awareness, or kenosis (from the Greek word for emptiness κένωσις, kénōsis) – going outside yourself – self-emptying – disciplined unknowing. My aim with this technique, along with dedicated study and practice within each practice, is to ultimately work intuitively; naturally.

“Intuition: knowledge and insight, including instinct, experience, faith, and reason” Dr. Brene Brown

Everything I just wrote might have been covered with;

“Art? You just do it.” Martin Ritt

 

Alana