This Season is starting out with a massive dose of self-reflection and deep digging within ourselves. This is something that appeals to me and it is how I approach my art. I hope you’ll come along.
My first spread is about the Divine. I was so inspired, the Muse was definitely with me. I took my time and let the pages come together.
So for me, the Divine is all around. There is no one person, persons, deities, entity that encompasses or controls or creates everything. I think this is called being Pantheist, but I am not sure yet since I only recently discovered that word/concept.
I do try to live the life I love and vice versa, because it is your one and only life. And if it isn’t, it’s the one and only life you’ll consciously live or the only one you will live as the person you are. So don’t waste it being afraid or waiting for the right moment.
For me, ancestors, animals, plants, time, the universe and all that is in it is imbued with this energy that flows. My Mystic Jackalope came by and those flowers are actually a napkin!
I feel that everything is connected. Someone close to me said something that really touched me before he died. He grew up catholic, but in the end he said this to us : ‘Heaven and Hell, I don’t belive in any of that. But I have a flame right here [points to his heart] and I am convinced that it will go on even when my body is done.’ These were some of his last coherent words before he passed away and they will always resonate with me.
My second spread is the Goddess one. As you know I was completely surprised that Instagram banned the Goddess hashtag and it was a total fluke that this happened as the same time as these prompts (or was it a fluke!!?!!). Anyway, I would love for our amazing art journal pages to create a tidal wave of beauty and feminity and bring back the Goddess on Instagram. This is my manifesto.
I did the test that Gill shared on the FB page. Surprisingly, I was Aphrodite, with Athena in second place. Like many others, I thought Aphrodite (or Venus) was just the Goddess of Beauty and Love. But reading up on her, some elements of her description resonate with me.
For example: «Media exploitation of Aphrodite’s sacred image–and the resulting schizophrenic urges to both deny [censorship] sensual beauty & pleasure while crudely lusting [graphically degrading pornography]». Isn’t it ironic that IG banned #Goddess because they judged that there was too much porn? Shouldn’t they ban those accounts or put a disclaimer or ban #fellatio in that case? How is banning a body-positive, feminine word like Goddess helping at all?
Also this : «As a result of advertising, mainstream women feel incapable of ‘measuring up’ to the image of feminine beauty; while men compare the appearance of the available woman in their midst to the suggested glamorized image of beauty sold to them by the media». As you may or may not know, I have had issues with body image all my life. It’s kind of a big deal for me to share a photo of my naked back like this. (I printed it on vellum by the way).
But it is my way of honoring that part of me and of giving my body its true worth, following this : «Regaining her self-respect by regaining access to her body–not as an image of ‘slender’ proportions/perfection (glamour girl), rather as a flesh-and-blood sensual woman of value in her own right–in her ability to connect with heart».
To make the whole page even more of a complete experience, I used my calligraphy nib and ink to really take the time to write the words to mean them. And I do.
As a little extra, here is the page I made about the whole hashtag ridiculousness on IG.
Thank you for reading this long post. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you other Goddesses.
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