Chapman & Bailey Gallery presents;
The Rising Tide by Sara Freeman and Peter Jordan.
Sara Freeman, There is nothing that is not you, Egg tempera and wax on board, 30 x 30 cm.
In the practice of Zen, you discover that being truly present is ultimately radical and transforming. The breath and the body are centres of such a vividness of life in this moment. Something happens in the act of accepting the reality of now – whatever it is. An energising force can fill one’s veins revealing beauty and clarity in unexpected places. In times of mass upheaval and trauma, remembering this feels more important than ever.
Painting is my practice in action – preparing the panels with layer after layer of wax, then chance-like layering of many coloured washes, followed by a meditation of sitting quietly marking the surface, attending to its entirety. And the surprise of how those layers and moments of time finally come together in this silver threaded tracing of the timeless.
Webs and nets have been a fascination to me for decades as a symbol of the extraordinary interconnectedness of all things. There is an image in Buddhist cosmology of Indira’s Net – a great woven web with a multifaceted jewel at each intersection of threads, every jewel reflecting all the others.
Peter Jordan, Leviathan, oil on board, 30 cm dia.
“Eadem mutata resurgo (I arise again the same though changed)
…and we cannot even regard ourselves as a constant: in this flux of things, our identity itself seems in a perpetual variation; and not infrequently we find our own disguise the strangest in the masquerade.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson “Crabbed Age and Youth”
“We are now synergetically forced to conclude that all phenomena are metaphysical; wherefore, as many have long suspected — like it or not — “life is but a dream.”
– Buckminster Fuller
“It’s just a ride.”
– Bill Hicks
Peter Jordan, To and Fro, acrylic on yupo paper, 102 x 76 cm.
Peter Jordan, Babylon, acrylic on yupo paper, 102 x 76 cm.
Sara Freeman, Fire sky, Egg tempera and wax on board. 30 x 30 cm.
Sara Freeman, Seeing without knowing, Egg tempera and wax on board. 30 x 30 cm.