Fox Boy, 2016, oil and egg tempera on wood, 12×9 All images thanks to the artist.
In the late 19th century, Southern California attracted misfits, idealists, and entrepreneurs with few ties to anybody or anything. Swamis, spiritualists, and other self-proclaimed spiritual authorities rapidly made their wayescape West to create brand-new faiths. Independent book publishers, inspirational speakers, and metaphysical-minded artists and authors then became part of the L.a landscape. From yogis, to psychics, to witches, City of the Candidates examines how innovative freedom enables LA-based artists to make spiritual work as part of their practices.
Egg tempera was the medium of choice for Old Masters like Michelangelo, however as soon asonce oil paint replaced it in the early 16th century, the once-omnipresent art strategy became quickly old-fashioned. Now, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman is reanimating the use of egg tempera in her dreamlike paintings, while likewise reminding audiences of the archaic medium # 39; s typically strange sense of illumination.
Egg tempera gets its name from the method egg yolks were utilized in Europe throughout the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance to bind colors in paint, and as it # 39; s a fast-drying approach, it left little room for error. Sullivan-Beeman credits a pal of Salvador Dali, Viennese artist Ernst Fuchs, for reviving the technique in the 20th century, and simplymuch like Fuchs, Sullivan-Beeman has broadened the method into one that # 39; s all her own.
Orphic Egg Woman, 2016, oil and egg tempera on wood, 12×12
With a base of the whitest white egg tempera, I intend making the pieces appear backlit, to # 39; glow # 39; from within. Above the egg tempera, layer upon layer of colored oil glaze are addedwhich gradually enriches the topics, the artist says. This exceptionally sluggish process and required interestfocus on detail, I believe, makes each piece more present and more complete of life.
With a BFA in movie from the University of Southern California, Sullivan-Beeman describes herself as a self-taught metaphorical painter who uses a narrative design to her art works. But not unlike those of among her inspirations, Carl Jung, her styles are accessed from her own dreams which are steadfastly recorded in dream journals.
Cinnabar Woman, 2016, oil and egg tempera on wood, 14×11
I feel dreams are the finest reservoirs of ideas that I have. I attempt my best to seize them before they escape, she says. I attempt not to manage or evaluate images as they pertain to me. I just integrate the disorderly dream world with the reality of pen and paper in the here and now. I love this procedure. Frequently I find Ive developed a painting and presume it is of the minute. And only later on, when referring back to my dream journal, do I recognize that it had originatedcome from my subconscious years in the past, and had actually been percolating.
Sullivan-Beeman states she # 39; s severely dyslexic, which is among the factors visual expression has actually always been so attracting her. Luckily, her motheran artist herselfencouraged her child to additional establish her own visual language, which Sullivan-Beeman describesrefers to as an amalgam of alchemy, tarot, and spiritual iconography.
Diptych: Lady in a Veil Hat and Lady in a Topa Stovepipe hat, 2016 oil and egg tempera on linen panel, 12×8
Surprisingly, the artist was also raised by a father who meant to be a Catholic priest prior to leaving the seminary. The sacraments, symbols, and meanings had sunk in, Sullivan-Beeman discusses. Religion, mythology and irreverence merge as the main style that unites all my paintings.The topics in her paintings are typically young girlsgirls who the artist says mirror her own individual experiences, and she is constantly examining the role of the feminine as it stands in conflict with contemporary society.
Goldfish Lady, 2016, oil and egg tempera on wood, 10×10
Sullivan-Beeman has strong interests in feng shui, kundalini yoga, and frequently goes to the biggest Buddhist temple in the West, the Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple. She believes her own imaginative and spiritual viewpoints are deeply linked. Sullivan-Beeman is a huge advocate of meditation, and through the practice, she states she has ended up being acutely knowledgeable about triangulation. I believe there is triangulation in everything: mother-father-child, solid-liquid-gas, positive-negative-neutral, she explains. I believe the triangulation within the discipline of art is science-spirituality-art. Science posits to understand what is understood. Spirituality and/or faith posits to understand what is unknown. And art combines these seeming opposites.
The artist also thinks in the Jungian concept of the cumulative unconscious, which is specified as the part of the unconscious mind that comes from ancestral experience and memory and exists in all people, instead of the unconscious mind of the person. I began to utilize my dreams to extract the topics of my paintings. They are a depiction of these unconscious forces, which are both extremely personal to me, and, I believe, also quite universal in their nature.
Clothesline Woman, 2015, oil and egg tempera on linen panel, 10×12
Originally from a conservative part of Ohio, Sullivan-Beeman concerned LA for film school and rapidly ended up being immersed in LA # 39; s visual arts scene through its erstwhile Temple of Visions Gallery.Los Angeles has actually long been a spiritual hub of the world. A lot of those who flock to it, do so for that factorbecause of that. Yogi Bhajan came to LA due to the fact that he felt # 39; the souls whose aspiration and longing had actually drawn him. # 39; LA draws individuals in that way. There have been many excellent spiritual leaders who made their method to the City of Angels: Manly P. Hall, ParamahansaYogananda, Paul Foster Casehellip; the list is endless. The nature of the feng shui energy in L.a is transformative, makings it a natural spiritual center.
She continues: Even if some who come to LA wouldnt explain their inspirations as spiritual, I think numerous are seeking transformationa better world, a better life and some do look for enlightenment. Lots of people have # 39; gone west # 39; to seek their dreams. Visionary art and L.a feel like a natural fit. All art reflects its environment. LAs culture blends many faiths, numerous differentvarious energies, and all art mirrors its environment.
Bird Nest Woman, 2016, oil and egg tempera on wood, 6×12
Mr. Rabbit, 2015, oil and egg tempera on linen panel, 8×10
Weapon Lady, 2015, oil and egg tempera on wood, 18×24
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