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Sacred Nude artworks and poetry by Francesca Simonelli

Sacred Nudes

In the days leading up to my first solo show: Sacred Nude, I have asked poet and writer Francesca Simonelli to respond to my Sacred Nude drawings. What she did completely blew my mind away! Every day until the show opens I will post some of her very special, moving and inspiring poetry for you to enjoy.

Francesca Simonelli's poems have touched me and many others for many years and I was over the moon when Francesca agreed to write some words in response to the Sacred Nude series of artworks. Sacred Nude was inspired by a meditation practice that resulted in the healing of body and mind. I wanted to create a series that was dedicated to my meditation practice and the joy (and struggles) I encountered therein.


Exhibition opening: 22 September 2018, 6-9pm

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Francesca's poetry is the most perfect companion to these Sacred Nude artworks. She speaks of presence, feminine power, sexuality and love.

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SACRED NUDE

Split me

Divide me

Open me

Unify me

Patterns become me

Creator can hide me

In plain sight…

Merge and collide me

Divinity underlies me -

You cannot deny me

Or declassify me.

Just try to demystify me

See that you will quickly

Glorify me

Ignite me.

Recognize me

Deify me

Vilify me

Lullaby me

Magnify me

Liquefy me

Multiply me

I am dark queen

I am the darkness of light

Lilith of the night

You have no chance in this fight…

I refuse to submit

Or blindly gratify.

I am amplified and fortified

I am chaos organized.

I am fertility

And creation

Birth and annihilation

I am open devastation

Cellular division

Peer inside me.

Ride me

Abide in me

Enter me

Emerge from me

Stand beside me

Or above me

And below me

Rise within me

I am mystery

And whimsy

Precision and pandemonium…

I am algorithmic and geometric

Poetic and fractal

Numerical and symbolic

I am woman

I am Pi

I am sanctified

And sublime.

I am written in tongues

And chemical symbols

Scientific and ceremonial

Rubric and ritualistic

I am digits and frequencies

Invisible yet very present

Visual and yet unseen.

Formulas and defiance

I am the ultimate contradiction

Living paradox

I am not quickly solved

Yet I am as complexly simple as can be

The most difficult of riddles

Come reflect with Sphinx

And Me….

 

I am spoken to life

By my very own voice

Birthed by Goddess

Guided by Providence

Matrix created

And infinitely multiplying

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New Commission: Eden's Garden

Eden's Garden

My newest commission. Title: Eden's Garden Medium: Mixed media on paper Size: 59.4 x 84.1cm

My newest commission.
Title: Eden's Garden
Medium: Mixed media on paper
Size: 59.4 x 84.1cm

 

Eden's Garden is the commission I completed recently. I don't share all my commissions but this one was such a joy to create and my client and I were so pleased at how it turned out, I thought I would share it with you.

My commission process is simple. It starts with a brief conversation about what kind of artwork you want, in what theme etc. After we have sorted out the size, figures and themes I draft up a few ideas in the form of digital collages which I then send to the client to discuss. After discussing what we like and don't like, we work together to choose the most thrilling composition which I then create the final artwork from, using graphite, spray paint and wax pencil on paper (in this case).

I fell in love with this drawing as I was making it. My client wanted Eve in the garden of Eden but I thought she would be lonely so I brought in Lilith to keep her company;) I decided to include Lilith and Eve in a sensual display of youth, eroticism and femininity. The flower of Life unites the figures through the snaking  pythons, one of which (on Eve's shoulder) is an albino.

Title: Eden's Garden (commission) Medium: Mixed media on paper with shimmering metallic spray paint which makes it shimmer in a way you can only really see in real life! Size: 59.4 x 84.1cm

Title: Eden's Garden (commission)
Medium: Mixed media on paper with shimmering metallic spray paint which makes it shimmer in a way you can only really see in real life!
Size: 59.4 x 84.1cm

Close up of Eve. My client didn't want the ladies to look identical so I thought it fitting to give Lilith (the Femme Fatale) darker hair and the innocent Eve, blond hair. Slightly stereotypical, I know, but I was playing on the traditional signs of a Femme Fatale vs an innocent, virginal being. What my client did specify, and these are in his words not mine (look away all you gentle souls) "Eve must have a hairy c*** or I'm not interested"

I had no problem with that. So with these things in mind I created Eden's Garden and my client is thrilled with it so so am I. Hope you like it!

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