Spirit Matter Cosmos by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Mixed-media: Acrylic, rice paper, linen thread, pigment powder on canvas.
Original Size: 613 × 917 × 42 mm; Framed size: 970 × 665 × 50 mm


  • Mixed Media

More about this work
From the Exhibition/s: Sense of Attachment & Elevating the Spirit Exhibition at Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (& toured Townsville April 24- May 31, 2009)

Inspired through an ‘aha’ moment, I first visualized creating something that would reflect subtle ethereal spatial realms. I used full sheets of a specific rice paper I love, combined with much stitching, paint and pigment powder in a built-up of layers to create the final result.

Concept: Practically stitches bind, attach, and connect materials and/or surfaces together and is a metaphor for human bonding. The stitch becomes the ‘thread’, linking and connecting to the human psyche. Using a needle and thread by hand to stitch is a slow, methodical and sometimes painful process, of pushing and pulling through materials. The process reveals the two sides (dual nature) and the in-between to this affair.

Abstractly worked, the stitch is used metaphorically for relaying energies and relationship formations.

Spirit Matter Cosmos abstractly references and resonates concepts of duality, the conscious and unconscious, complexity and simplicity, the spirit and alchemy of ‘relationships’ (blood & gold symbolism), transitory formations (the faded) illusions to connections and perceived realities. Always within, is the ‘spirit’, the centre, a voice of wisdom that guides and directs us in and through and beyond the ‘matter’.



My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • DVEN
    DVENalmost 7 years ago

    love the soft tones, very nice

  • Thanks for your feedback Damien.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • AlteredIllusions
    AlteredIllusionsabout 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful palette!

  • Glad you like AlteredIllusions and gracious thanks for Spirit Matter being featured in the Abstract Art group.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Albert
    Albertabout 6 years ago

    very nice……..

  • Appreciate your comment Albert.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • AnnieSnel
    AnnieSnelabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...about 6 years ago

    Thanks Annie

  • mikeyartscape
    mikeyartscapealmost 6 years ago

    another image i am drawn to – sort of a knowing and gentle energy :)

  • annamora
    annamoraalmost 6 years ago

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE this piece Kerryn

  • Glad to share Anna. I really enjoyed the ‘hidden discovery’ journey of making/creating this work and what it had to teach me afterwards.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    This is very beautiful!

  • Thanks so much Sharon.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Julie-Ann Vellios
    Julie-Ann Velliosover 5 years ago

    Wow kerryn – you have been so busy. I love this – the colours and the texture both are really thoughtful and interesting. Because the colours are like stains that move and float into eachother, this reminds me also of a landscape.

  • Lol … Seems busy is my middle name. I’ve made myself slow right down this ’09 year by sitting more at the computer, however currently things have wound up to a fast pace with our major IAS Biennieal Art Exhibition and artwork needing to be done alongside the long physical hours of my retail shop work. Never an easy balancing act!
    And thanks so much for the lovely reflective comment about the work Julie. Always appreciated. :-)

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Katie Grubb
    Katie Grubbover 5 years ago

    I love your work Kerryn…. really speaks to me!

  • Really appreciate knowing that Katie – thanks so much and for the fav’s too.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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