SPECTRA - Chelsea Rushton - “Kundalini, i”
gouache and graphite on paper
9" x 12" (12"x14" framed)
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“Kundalini is the serpent of divine feminine energy: said to sleep coiled 3.5 times around herself at the base of the human spine. When she awakens, Kundalini unfurls upwardly along the chakra system to ultimately pierce the crown of the head and result in a spiritual awakening. Kundalini is generally depicted as black; the chakras are commonly known to each hold one colour of the prismatic spectrum. These paintings depict Kundalini as a rainbow snake, released from the human form to play in space, while holding within herself all the colours of enlightenment.”
~ Chelsea Rushton
Chelsea Rushton holds a BFA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Calgary, and she is certified at the 500 hour level as a yoga instructor. She is the developer and instructor of Art of the Soul: Creative Process as Spiritual Practice, a special topics lecture, seminar, and studio course that profiles 20th century modern and contemporary artists who engage in art-making as a method of spiritual inquiry and practice. Her research has been supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the University of Calgary’s Centre for Research in the Fine Arts, and Calgary Arts Development.