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Collective Unconscious, 3=1=Enlightenment by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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Mixed Media: Both water & oil based lino printing inks, linen thread, graphite, chinagraph, oil paint and varnish.
Support: Stretched canvas.

  • Height 508 mm x Width 1016 mm x Depth 37 mm.
  • Techniques: lino-printing, stenciling, hand-stitching, drawing, painting.


  • Abstract Art Group (20.04.2011)

Process = Experimental Inspired Work

  • Having been inspired by working and developing my symbolic, conceptual imagery relative to my exhibition theme (see notes below), I first started this work wanting to combine actual stitching lines into the stretched 3D canvas with simply, side by side, three different lino-cut heart design prints using a specific gold-yellow ochre printing ink, which was only available in a water based lino ink.
  • After initially hand printing the first three lino-plate heart images (transfer process involved simulating placing paper down on top of the printing plate and applying hard hand pressure on back of canvas with a hard rubber roller and also rubbing with large flat spoon ~ a tricky process working with a 3D box canvas) I then discovered the dried ink state was quite ‘powdery’ and non water resistant on the primed and stretched canvas surface. I needed to ‘seal’ the printed surface with an appropriate varnish if I was keep it.
  • This second stage, the sealing process, lost the beautiful simplistic texture, colour and tone of the original prints on the canvas texture. I decided next to creatively evolve and expand it further into a ‘multi-layered’ compositional work, within the confines of suitable and compatible solvent type mediums and stitching imagery.
  • I proceeded by applying in several stages three different lino-cut plate heart images using different coloured oil-based inks and also combining my vessel images into the layers mix using rolled up oiled ink paper stencils, in both positive/negative forms.


  • Heart & Pot Vessels – Symbols for one’s ‘well-being’, embodiment, containment, inward alchemy; twisting patterns – movement, channels, passage, direction.
  • Centre vessels: facing up – open/receive; facing down – dome, sheltered/pouring out essence, transition.
  • ‘Spatial’ stitching – spirit, energies; undulating base line – cycles, rhythms, passage, river beneath the river, spiritual journey;
  • Symbol of 3 – Collective being of ‘the Me, the Be & the I’ in reference to ‘The Trinity Creation’™
  • Message – Symbolism > All is a spiritual meditative reflection, relative to ‘Health, Well-Being, Balance, Understanding, Peace, Unity, Joy, Happiness and Prosperity’ to living on this planet Earth together.’

From the Solo Exhibition Elevating the Spirit, Cairns Regional Gallery, 2007 (selected). Toured: April 24 – May 31, 2009, Main Space (selected), Umbrella Studio, Contemporary Arts, Townsville.

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Elevating the Spirit by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • …“We are of the same divine essence that connects us all to the source of the spirit, one God, one source, many different manifestations.” …“Vedic tradition divides the world into reality, which is formed of spirit, and illusion composed of transient forces and events. The task set is for every person to pierce the veil of illusion in order to discover the spirit in everything”… “Reality is a mirror of the soul.” (Deepak Chopra, ‘The Path to Love’) … “The world is full of resonance’s. It constitutes a cosmos of things exerting a spiritual action. The dead matter is a living spirit.” (Wassily Kandinsky from Article ‘On the question of the form’)
  • In Elevating the Spirit connections, relationships and unity are explored through visual language elements and symbology, between one’s inner-self (soul, spirit, life-force, essence), psyche and the outer world. Notions of passage, transition (change), duality, reflection, containment and synthesis (fusion) are contemplated and reflected upon. … read the full article here

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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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  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 6 years ago

    love it Kerryn.

  • Thanks Jenny.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • AlteredIllusions
    AlteredIllusionsabout 6 years ago

    Fascinating piece! Love your treatment – especially the hand stitching!

  • Hi alteredillusions, thanks for your comment. I use the stitching in several ways, to portray meaning and interpretation on several levels – ie. as the practical and/or implied binding/joining medium tool, as a ‘markmaking/drawing’ tool to imply energies through direction, movement etc. and then there is the symbolism of eg. threads and X’s.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • annamora
    annamoraalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful ….. wish I could see the original because I love all the layering you do ….. :)

  • (Catching up here belatedly) Anna – thankyou so much. Now wondering how to make your wish come true :-) XXX

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Gudrun Eckleben
    Gudrun Ecklebenover 5 years ago

    Lovely!! :-)

  • Thanks Gudrun. It was indeed a challenge working on a stretched canvas for the lino print technique and then the mixed mediums – I perservered, kept adding layers until satisfied with the outcome.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • annamora
    annamoraover 5 years ago

    one day …

  • Hi Anna. Would love to tour my exhibition work further south but just how and when eludes me at this stage. Cost factor of touring is great plus so much shop/book work on going here but this thought/dream keeps niggling at me! :) one day … yes (head in clouds)

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • enchantedImages
    enchantedImagesover 5 years ago

    Hi Kerryn, I love your work and the thoughts behind it.
    This one really speaks to me.

  • Thankyou Bobbi, your comments are very much appreciated.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • danita clark
    danita clarkabout 5 years ago

    Lovely !! Thoughtful. Inspiring .

  • Thanx Danita for your lovely comment.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Susan Rolfe
    Susan Rolfeabout 5 years ago

    so soft and flowing, love you work Kerryn, I do feel inspired.

  • Thanks so much for letting me know Susan. This work has a lot of indepth and spiritual meaning for me and so happy others can sense something of it and be inspired.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinalmost 5 years ago

    This is beautifully created…a wonderful piece…it really appeals to me.

  • Thankyou Christine and so happy this work resonates something to you.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

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