Awakenings I


Awakenings is an immersive work that offers an immediate and potentially sustained encounter.  It speaks of the unknowable and unfathomable spiritual, mystery and beauty of natural phenomena and acts as a threshold into the terrain of the numinous. A large floating, partially concealed object of uncertain substance radiates dancing, shifting fields of colour and light that change as a viewer moves around and under it. 


I am interested in the intersection of art with spiritual experience and aspire to create installations that activate a possible awakening to wonder or a liminal moment of encounter with the unseen.  The concept of the numinous speaks to the realms of our experience which cannot be quantified, explained, or contained - our intuition, and our feeling-states; our connection to the cosmos, and for some, a sense of the divine.  


The circle is the primary geometric symbol in this work and relates to sacred geometries which have long and rich histories dating back to 2000 –1001 BCE in Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures.  The circle or sphere is a universal symbol with extensive meaning.  It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, life and all cyclic movement.  Sacred geometries, termed by Galileo ‘the language of the universe’, are trans-cultural existing in nature, architectural structures (in particular sites of worship) and art.  The music of the spheres, harmonics and music are related to the planets and their distance from one another and the sun.  The sphere can evoke the heavens.  The veiling of the sphere references the shroud - the veil between the seen and unseen realms, between the heavens and the earth.

Karen Sewell