To understand why certain art has a profound and inspirational impact on us it helps to go to the source — the artist. You may discover that artists who align themselves with a power greater than themselves will speak about letting go and allowing their true essence speak through them in visual form. These artists may lead us on an enlightening journey into our subconscious. In our quiet inner sanctuary we can begin to feel a healing transformative process stir within us.
Upon viewing metaphysical art images we may feel an indescribable energy emanating from them. We may also experience physical sensations, such as warmth, tingling or goosebumps. We might say we connect to the piece with our body, mind and spirit.
I invite you to experience the images of John Anderson in that way. Allow yourself to relax while viewing his artwork. Click on the images for larger views. Read his statements and the insight he provides about how to view art. I am sure you will enjoy the journey.
“Passing Vessels (shown above) reminds me of two space craft — one passing over the other. They reflect the constant need we have to continue to explore the vastness of all that is.” ~ John Anderson
John Anderson: “Beams of Healing Energy”
John Anderson is an artist from Savannah, Georgia, whose work has a powerful healing impact on others. The majority of his career was serving as a hospital chaplain. His art is in numerous private collections, he has created many commissioned pieces, and some of his works have been placed in the permanent collection of in a radiation treatment room in a cancer center at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. About these works he states, “The images attempted to create a vision of the healing beams of radiation as they attack tumors, killing the cancerous cells. The beams were conceived as beams of healing energy to restore health.”
Anderson refers to his art as “Visual Alchemy”. “I use a photographic scene as my starting point. Drawing the colors from within the photograph into my brush, I paint with the pixels on a canvas, just as I would with oil, watercolor, or acrylic paint. I transform the image into a totally new reality, bearing little, if any resemblance to the original image. Anderson explains that he sees abstraction, “as a way of making the invisible visible, inviting viewers into an engagement with emotions that open new dimensions.”
When discussing “Mystic Veil” (shown above), he explains, “It portrays my sense of the penetration of the transcendent into our experience and life. Rather than portraying the transcendent as something foreign and beyond our life–there is a sense in which the transcendent is entangled in our lives. Rather than ultimate meaning being something we pursue and finally discover, meaning is more often experienced as epiphanies in moments of time–a glimpse of a stunning sunset, the soft skin of an infant, the wonder and mystery we find in our encounters with life.”
“Vast Domain (shown above) reflects the vastness of existence–that ever expanding universe within universes that continues to unfold–the container of existence beyond time and space.” ~ John Anderson
Exploring The Meaning of Art
In his article “Deeper Seeing” John Anderson has written, “We humans tend to approach a piece of art with a sense of curiosity. We seek to discover what the artist is trying to express in the work. We tend to analyze art technically, exploring the various clues within it to uncover its message. We look for psychological clues in the colors, tones, shapes and textures of art; striving to understand it. We even venture to suggest there are ‘hidden’ meanings emerging from the artist’s subconscious mind that can be uncovered, exposed, and understood.”
He continues, “I’d like to suggest we approach art a bit differently — using it as a means of self-reflection. Rather than simply puzzling over what the artist is trying to express in a piece, why not explore the meanings, feelings and thoughts a work of art stir in us? How can a piece of art reveal something of who we are? What questions does a piece of art raise for us and in us?”
John Anderson reminds us that we need to do this more often than we do, especially in the busy world we live in with so many noisy, disruptions and distractions.
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