Show Dates: 2014-09-01 - 2014-09-30|
Title: The Rhythm of Stillness
Artist: Jessica Pankratz
Artist Bio I call myself an Inspirational, “In Spirit”, Artist because I believe there is an endless creative energy in the universe that is accessible to everyone. I see it, feel it and hear it everywhere I look. It falls under many names and is expressed in many ways. I feel that this creative force is everywhere and in ALL of us. All it seems to take is noticing it, allowing it and flowing with it.
I have devoted my life to personal growth and transformation, to waking up to my true essence as a spirit-filled human being and to supporting others in their own awakening, a remembrance of our true essence. I do this through art, through my work as a family therapist & substance abuse counselor as well as through being an Intuitive and Energy Practitioner.
My goal is to inspire and be inspired in all aspects of my being. I strive to be a symbol of love, peace, light, joy, vibrancy, creativity and authenticity. This takes a steady willingness to grow and learn lessons, to know it won’t always be pretty. It takes a willingness to make mistakes, to be vulnerable, to go within, to take risks, to face fear, to feel pain and to be wrong sometimes--in essence it means being willing to be human too. None of this is easy but I’ve found that this path is well worth it.
Artist Statement: About 3 years ago, I had a personal awakening that the only thing standing in my way of being an artist was a limiting belief that I couldn’t do it. Once I realized this, I started feeling compelled to create art every spare moment I had. My typical process is to allow intuition to guide me, meaning to trust that what is meant to “come through me” will happen when it’s time. I don’t force the creative process; rather, I live my day to day life, developing the muscle of being present and seeing what I’m drawn to. This has taken a great deal of trust that what is mean to be will be. What will typically happen is I will feel compelled to draw a certain image or object that I see in my day to day life. Sometimes a spiritual/religious statue will catch my attention and I will photograph it (or purchase it) and then draw it later. Other times, I will be having an experience that feels significant and I will feel moved to draw some part of that experience.
The title of this show is “The Rhythm of Stillness.” The name came to me while reflecting on the 19 pieces that were to be in this show. I had just completed the final piece and it seemed to symbolize the culmination of several moments of focused stillness and the seeming contradiction of so much movement. The final piece also shares the name of the show.
Hope you enjoy the show. There will be an artist reception on Sunday, September 21st, from 5-7. I will provide a selection of snacks. Other snacks and beverages can be purchased from Mother Fool’s.