About Naomi Grant:
Since 2000 Naomi has won over 20 awards, including the $10,000 Hawkesbury Art Award. Her successful career as a practising artist and designer spans the past 40 years. She graduated from Curtin University of WA with a BA in Design. Her career ranges from being self -employed as an artist, textile designer, senior designer at Canning Vale Weaving Mills, teaching art in Bangkok and promotional manager of Kurongkurl Katitjin, School of Indigenous Australian Studies at Edith Cowan University, Perth.
A descendant of the Wiradjuri people of central New South Wales, Naomi was born in Sydney but has made her home in Perth for the past 40 years.Recently she has relocated to Stanthopre QLD. Her Indigenous heritage brings a blend of the contemporary and mysterious together in many of her works. Colour, beauty and esoteric mysteries are strong inspirational elements that help mould each painting.
Often these ideas spring from dreams, visions and memories of her travels. Naomi’s equally comfortable with traditional scenes, through to a more contemporary blending of realism and Indigenous imagery.
In the last 23 years, Naomi’s focus has been on acrylics and collage. She has developed a technique of using layers of coloured tissue paper under and over the painted surface. This gives the surface a three-dimensional textural quality.
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This month's feature painting:
This painting is about meditation, which is the conscious connection of making the unseen spiritual with the physical reality. “As above, so below”. Meditation brings to light the reality and manifestation of ideas germinating in own subconsciousness and super consciousness.
The ideas are transmitted through the personal consciousness in our five senses of sight, taste, smell, hearing, touching. The five streams flowing from the cosmic mind pool shows the five senses of personal consciousness. This is how we understand and interpret the impressions from super consciousness.
The Empress (often referred to as mother nature) is in the astral pool of super consciousness, pregnant with the seeds of creativity and nature. The 12 Zodiac on her crown denotes she controls the seasons. She is one of the seven planets, Venus.
These planets are the esoteric chakras of our body. They are the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Satin, and Jupiter. They are reflected in our bodily being. Each chakra reflects an element, an energy system in our body and responds to different vibratory insights. As these are aligned through meditation, our mind is open to receiving new energy, ideas, and insights from super consciousness. The Scarlet Ibis in mythology was known for its long-hooked beak and renowned for fishing. It's used as a metaphor for the conscious mind that is fishing in the subconscious pool. Our conscious intention to focus on the subconscious connects us between the world we know (below), to the spiritual world in super consciousness (above)
Please click on the link below and watch in timelapse how I created this painting from start to finish.