The body of artwork displayed here at The Living Room Salon and Art Gallery has been inspired by my visualization of expansion.
Expansion in all things requires a stirring from within. In humans, personal expansion involves the mind, body and spirit allowing, embracing and surrendering to our higher purpose. This internal awakening leads to a more blissful version of our Self, to a knowingness that is deep, personal, profound, and freeing.
Within each of us are layers of fear, doubt, suppression, confusion and flawed convictions, obscuring or casting a shadow on our authentic truths. The process of expansion requires acknowledgement of these false beliefs and the courage to begin shedding the murky layers in order to spur internal growth and transform to a deeper sense of self-awareness and authenticity.
Utilizing canvas, acrylic and mixed media, my process for creating these pieces involved journaling on the canvas and both applying and removing layers of paint until the essence of expansion was reflected. Inspired by Mother Nature, I honored the energies of the sun, moon, sky and tides, which for me echo the energies that free the human heart, psyche and spirit. I also embraced what rests beneath the ocean’s surface, a metaphor for the aspects of Self that lay in the shadow.
It is my wish that something here will move you – a reaction, a tingling, a feeling that welcomes self-reflection, inspires courage, expression, clarity and creativity, and hastens you on a wondrous ascension toward embracing, trusting and surrendering to your higher Self and personal expansion. – Lori Landry