|SoulCards(c) Deborah Koff-Chapin|
Her familiar image is delightful yet also, conversely, always seems a little scary to me--primitive, childish, abstract.
Not birds or the element of air that deters or frightens, but rather this style of representation of Her. Why? What is it about this type of art or this image in particular that I pull away from? What is it that I feel I cannot relate to? How does this image and/or style create a resistance within me?
Does the primitive point to loss of control? To a wild nature? To a deeper freedom of expression? Fear of my wild woman being set free?
Does the childish relate to insignificance? To invisibility? To insecurities going back to memories of pathetic childhood attempts at artistic renderings in pen and paint?
Does the abstract confront my attachment to rules and guidelines? Does the abstract push toward releasing mind and allowing intuition? To open to seeing in a different way? To allow myself to understand an image, object, person, the world in an entirely new perspective?
These concepts break away from my comfort zones, my Safe Self.
To explore Self fully is to open to these parts that feel foreign or frightening.