Amy Livingstone is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary, visionary artist and spiritual activist. Her paintings originate from the wisdom of a “mystic soul”, and emanate her love for the earth. I am delighted she has agreed to join our curated Artists Directory, a gallery of healing art, and write about her art, vision and meaning behind three magnificent and transformative paintings. I encourage you to visit her website to learn more about her and her art. ~ Renée Phillips
The vision for my work is founded on the belief that the ecological crisis is a spiritual crisis. That those of us in the developed West have become so far removed from our innate interconnectedness in the web of life that we are destroying the land base on which all life is dependent.
This way of being has evolved over the millennia beginning, in part, with the rise of monotheistic religious traditions that worship a transcendent God, while rejecting the sacred within all creation out of fear of being associated with paganism adding to the terror of eternal life in a future hell versus a paradisal heaven.
With the emergence of the industrial and technological revolutions of the 20th century, this disconnect has been further solidified by a now wildly busy and consumer-driven culture.
Alongside our current paradigm, we are also seeing a resurgence of Native American and indigenous ways of knowing that remind us that the earth is holy and worthy of our reverence. I also believe that each of us has this wisdom within us (our ancestors were all once indigenous to their homeland), it has only been forgotten over thousands of years.
Through my work, I offer a synthesis of these two narratives—an “interspirituality” that is both transcendent and immanent. One need not deny faith in God, Allah, Yahweh, Christ, Krishna, Buddha, or science but we must likewise reverence the creation with a similar devotion, if we are to ensure a livable planet for future generations and all species.
The Translator is a portrait of the artist inspired by William Stafford’s poem Walking the Borders. A pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, Stafford references the Abrahamic traditions in his poem: “those fading languages/of cursing and calling each other those names/that destroyed millions by swinging a cross/like an ax, or a crescent curved like a knife,/or a star so red it burned its way over the ground.”
In the background of the painting are the Ten Commandments, the fading language that has not ensured peace among us and has contributed to our separation from the natural world.
The artist, holding a skull in one hand and paint brushes in the other, transforms this narrative to create a new language of love and interconnectedness in the life web as foretold in the ancient Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor, shown here flying wing-to-wing in the sky.
The Wheel of the Four Winds is inspired by Rabbi Gershon Winkler’s book Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism. This complex painting brings together symbolism from aboriginal Judaism and the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah.
The medicine wheel, or merkava, represents the four directions (or four winds), the four elements, and the four spirit guides that together symbolize our journey through the life cycles towards higher consciousness. Panther and bear are our guides to the upper and lower realms and the Hebrew, tifaret, translates as beauty resting at the center in the Tree of Life.
At the heart of all my work is a deep love for the earth and profound grief for all that we are losing with the escalating ecological crisis including climate change. I believe in the healing power of art gleaned from my own transformative journey through loss and offer this sacred art as a prayer for the healing of our world. May this ministry of beauty invoke a deep remembering that we are all interconnected in the web of creation and inspire action on behalf of the living earth.
Amy Livingstone is a member of the Healing Power of ART Gallery, a curated program that promotes artistic excellence in the area of healing art, on The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website. View Amy Livingstone’s page here.
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