Elevating the Spirit - Finding Heart

Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Innisfail, Australia

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Original oil painting on canvas. Size – 915 × 915 × 43 mm.
Background It was10 months after Cyclone Larry Cat4/5 devastatingly hit our town Innisfail (20 March 2006) that I was able to get back into physically doing my artwork. This work was the first completed in Jan.

Work was inspired from the passion for one of my small colour and abstract shaped sketched designs I had previously created from imagination in a journal. The title truly reflects the challenge I inwardly had to face – to elevate my spirit, find heart again, to gather strength, courage and passion to create a body of new artwork that was to be exhibited in May 2007 at Cairns Regional Gallery. The exhibition has since toured to Mourilyan and Townsville in Qld.

Within a geometric grid format, X’s, richly glazed colours, leaf (almond like) carrier and vessel shapes form the essence for Elevating the Spirit. The subtle spiral movement within the composition subliminally forms a large heart, which I pleasantly discovered only after finishing the painting and viewed from a distance. Can you find it?


  • Geometric grid – 3D physical world, lattice grid, boundaries
  • Red/orange/yellows – grounded, earth bound, matter, lower base chakras, passion, fire, outer, energy, emotions, …
  • Green/blue/magenta – heart, essence, self, psyche, growth, expression, ethereal, spirituality
  • Leaf, spiral, diagonal, patterns – inner, passage, transporters, carriers, transition, movement, action, direction, change, interaction, duality, junctions, expansion/contraction
  • Vessel – container of being, presence, inner alchemy, holder, giver.

WORK has been FEATURED in

  • Creative Spirits Of Queensland
  • Feel, Don’t Copy
  • Impressionism Cafe
  • Inspired Art Group
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