Elevating the Spirit - Finding Heart

Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Innisfail, Australia

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  • Original oil painting on stretched canvas. Size – 915 × 915 × 43 mm.

+ No. of views 5292 as at 31.10.2016

It was 9-10 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 completed by end of Jan 2007.

+ The work was inspired by one of my smaller 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, passion and dedicate time (amidst a huge small biz work load), to create a body of artwork that had been jury selected prior, to be exhibited in May 2007 at Cairns Regional Gallery.
+ My solo exhibition then toured later 2007, to show locally at the ‘Sugarama Gallery’, Mourilyan, Qld and then, by another jury selection process, in 2009 at the Main Space at Umbrella Studio, Contemporary Arts in Townsville, Qld, AU.

About the work
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 see 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.

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