Fine Art

ARTIST STATEMENT

Cathy Cebulski Sacco

UNFOLDING

Creating art is like forming a snapshot. Art will speak when words are not enough, and this bypasses the analytical mind. We absorb the world around us, transform it with our own unique experiences and patterns, and express outwardly something new which I call "creative photosynthesis." ©

The vast intelligence hidden within nature is a limitless resource of metaphor in understanding human development and consciousness. These glimpses of beauty and possibility offer wonder and awe, and they help shape my inner landscape. They connect me to my inner life and the world around me, and I am more present and whole because of them.

The unfolding and blossoming of flowers is a metaphor to me for the unfolding of human potential. Each flower, each human has unique needs that must be met for them to unfold into fullness and potential. These needs are often overlooked, and people often do not find their calling, become their best self until much later in their life. Flowers hold mandala-like structures and radial symmetry that liken to the energy centers, or chakras, within our bodies. Chakras are like spinning lotus flowers, and are considered a symbol of divinity. These centers offer gateways to healing our deepest wounds, and unlocking our greatest potential.

Living organisms need time and space to blossom fully, and have unique needs. Our fast-paced culture makes this difficult. The cognitive impulse to analyze and deconstruct rather than to bring together and make whole can result in unsatisfied aspirations and a stuck-ness in different stages of human development, just as a sprout can stop emerging from a seed without proper care and time unique to it. Growth is not linear, yet our society fears any pause and pries open the petals. The work of life will always go on unseen, beneath the surface. These flowers are landscapes of our life and remind us to pay attention to growth and development that is unseen, like what happens inside a chrysalis. The butterfly is not far away.

If we have an eye toward inner development, we will begin to understand and appreciate each person’s unique gifts and how they create a net of wholeness. A more relational model with the world begins to break down a world-view of being Separate. The brilliance in each one of us is then allowed to shine. The flowering of the heart is often depicted by the red lotus fully opened.

Can we believe before we see? (illustration - plant-like)

The development of a child is invisible. It builds from the inside without initially revealing itself, much the same as how the roots of a plant form first, beneath the ground. Children are like seeds, possessing at birth every bit of what their potential to become. Native Americans among other ancient cultures were patient and learned the undeniable patterns of wisdom within the earth. Working with the arts touches our invisible inner life – where intellect and emotion converge. Where our wisdom lies.

Much of our mental activity is invisible. In fact, it is unconscious. The arts tap this by utilizing the senses, minimizing the conscious, abstract mind and going deeper into knowing the unconscious. In Fear of Knowing, Maslow says that we do not trust ourselves and tend to hide our best side. I believe this is true. With few exceptions, it takes a person at best a good half life to realize and bring forth their gifts to the world. The metaphor and symbol in poetry, art or music are direct connections to the unconscious. With few or no words they can instantly touch us with an idea that reaches the source of who we are. (example)

HOW TO CARE FOR FLOWERS

Give flowers the right place in the garden.
Those liking full sun should go on the sunny
side and those liking full shade should go to
the shady side. Plant in good, suitable soil
with plenty of compost with nutritious mulch
for water retention and space to grow. Some
like more space, some more confined, some
like wet feet, some like well-drained soil. It is
important to get the watering balance right.
Water regularly. Don’t overwater or flowers will
rot. If you under-water or not give enough, they
may wilt and die. It is important to know your
type of flower. Flowers differ according to where
they originated from, whether they are a cold or
hot climate species, whether they prefer shade or
sun, what sort of soil type they prefer. Clay soil
can smother the roots, and powdery or sandy soil
can be too porous to hold water. After planting, to
test whether the plant is securely in the hole, grab at
its base and gently tug. You want to pack the soil
tightly enough. If it holds firm, the plant is situated
correctly. Flowers that are well tended will last a
long time and produce wonderful blooms. Sun and
warmth, with the plant’s own energy, will do the work
with just a little help from you. Enjoy your flowers
because your garden is your sanctuary.

UNFOLDING

Resting inside
is a seed so fragile,
and strong.
It takes courage
to keep a space open
for its unfolding.
Its pattern of light and shadow,
is beautiful and unrepeatable.

It takes courage
to find stillness
to know your voice
in the chaos.
The light emerging
harmonizes and protects.
It is truth.

And then,
with the breath of god,
you ride the wind -
exploding,
overflowing,
and multiplying
with love.

Cathy Sacco