If we let it, the way light hits a landscape, particularly at certain times of the day, can be a transformative experience. The lucid beauty of a burnt orange-ish-pink-ish sunset over the desert, say, is enough to silence our thoughts and grip a deeper aspect of the imagination, sometimes even causing a shift in our relational perspective on the world.
Is it that we suddenly see ourselves within a larger context, outside of the interior realm filled with mental chatter that dominates our day-to-day lives? Is it that we momentarily enter a more spiritual space, one that signifies a unity too rarely felt – a sense of ‘oneness’ with the land we occupy and with humanity as a whole?
In her upcoming exhibition, Universal Love, Australian artist Jedda-Daisy Culley explores the relationship between man and land, land and light, with the hopes of inspiring a new way perceiving the natural world and our place within it.
She chats to RUSSH about the spiritual dimensions of the Australian landscape and the hold it has on her heart.
We are excited about your upcoming exhibition Universal Love. What can we expect from the exhibition, and what are some of the central ideas and themes you have been exploring in your artworks?
Universal Love is a collection of landscape painting that endeavours to give expression to the invisible, spiritual dimensions of the Australian landscape. To probe this spiritual world, my work looks at the consciousness of landscape through observing the conversation between refracting light and chromatics that goes on amongst organic matter.
What do you hope to communicate to the world with Universal Love?
I hope to inspire a new way of seeing landscape. One that affords a level of consciousness to all organic matter - a kind of rationalised, codified mysticism. I hope that ‘Universal Love’ can act as a touchstone for challenging a traditional European approach to landscape by illuminating a relationship between man and land that see’s no limits to our form.
What role does the natural landscape play in your art or creative process?
Landscape and light are an ongoing source of inspiration. I find no greater spiritual experience than when I am confronted by a breathtaking landscape or a vivid light. Endeavoring to give expression to the hold landscape has over me may well be a life long journey.
You are both an accomplished designer and artist. How is the process similar/different when creating for each medium?
I reference similar theories and ideas across both creative fields. However the creative process is very different. Designing is a collaborative process while my artistic pursuits are a solo journey.
What inspires you on the daily?
The sun, the horizon, flowers and cuddles.
Tell us about your background; where did you grow up and how has your upbringing influenced your art?
I grew up in Western Australia. I am sure the colours in my work are direct references to the light in WA; the skies are bigger, the water brighter turquoises and the sunsets over the sea are rainbow.
Universal Love will run from Feb 4 – 18 at Mild Manners Gallery.
WORDS Anna Harrison