Updated: Feb 7, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
61 x 91cm
The tree, totemic and sculptural in its edifying presence, withstands the passage of time. Human existence is, in comparison, transient. The symbolic power of this silent, mysterious and majestic being that instils reflection and wisdom among humans in its transcendental presence. Monumental yet ethereal, it outlives most earthly species by centuries.
This painting is a meditation on nature. It reflects on the qualitative difference between the unified and the fragmented mind. It is an invitation for people to reconnect deeply with nature and experience a fuller, more connected life.
‘Dreamtime’ is also a tribute to the Aboriginal people of Australia and their rich artistic legacy, which reflects a heightened awareness of the interconnectedness of life on Earth. Human existence, when in harmony with nature, is a cosmic experience characterised by pure, direct perception and reverence for all life. They are an inspiration, at these times of climate change and civil unrest, and a reminder of the deleterious consequences of political emphasis on profit over sustainable living.
The Mayans said that 'time is of the mind'. This statement implies that reclaiming of one's time leads to regaining control of the mind. This painting is a meditation on nature and its derived time-perception. It reflects on the qualitative difference between the unified and the fragmented mind. It is also an invitation for people to re-connect deeply with nature and experience a fuller life grounded in an experience of the present moment for a more connected experience.