Once upon a vision...
Some of my earliest and most favourite memories from childhood are of cutting out pictures and words and then pasting them into scrapbooks. Once I started school, all I wanted to do was play with the paints, cut out pictures and listen to stories ~ so it seems like not that much has changed!
My play eventually took me into the world of commercial art, when everything was still produced with ink pens, rulers and drawing boards.
Then in the early 1980's all that changed for me when I was thrown into the exciting new world of computer graphics. This provided me with an entire new dimension for my creative world.
Inner Voice Art™ has evolved since then as a natural progression of my lifetime of collecting words and pictures, interwoven with my love of myth and storytelling and then brought to life in a variety of creations.
With my collections I began to layer and weave, until I found myself creating something new ~ yet strangely familiar... and then I discovered that these stories had taken on a life and voice of their own...
I am often asked how and where I get my ideas and inspiration from and all I can honesty say is that I am always mystified and intrigued by the creative process...
On reflection I would have to say that there are many sources... it only takes a turn of phrase, a dream, a story, a memory, a photo or music...
As for the selection and weaving of these elements, I simply allow my instincts ~
my Inner Voice ~ to guide me and I follow, until each new story is revealed.
To my delight, I have discovered that the marriage between my collages and their accompanying words, has added an extra dimension to my work. I love fossicking for just the right "voice" which best expresses the essence of each creation.
During my years of women's studies and while exploring the fascinating world of myths and archetypes, I have been inspired to express myself in a variety of ways.
These include canvases, altered books, shadow boxes, masks, gourds, shrines and more. I continue to make an assortment of pieces ~ for myself and others ~ depending on where my Muse takes me.
I believe that the universal and ancient practice of storytelling has the power to teach, heal and inspire us on our journeys.
From my own experience, remembering, expressing and healing our own life stories, brings ~ among many gifts ~ Self Love and Compassion. The freedom and peace these provide, makes it possible for us to live more fully into the life we were born.
These days, I think the best way to describe my own evolving creative journey is that of Visual Storyteller ~ One who still loves to collect and weave images and words together to convey timeless stories.
My intention is that these creations draw you into their depths and evoke a sense of mystery and wonder... inviting you to explore your own inner worlds and stories.
Intuition is the treasure of a woman's psyche...
"Practice listening to your intuition, your Inner Voice, ask questions;
be curious; see what you see; hear what you hear;
and then act upon what you know to be true."
"I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom."
~ from "Women Who Run With The Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.