Anam Cara is Gaelic for “soul friend”, while working on this Knotwork the thought of this Celtic circle of belonging would not leave my mind…
John O’Donohue’s book was one of the most profound and life-changing reads of my life ~ “Friendship is the sweet grace that liberates us to approach, recognize, and inhabit this adventure. A creative and subversive force, claiming this intimacy is the secret law of life and universe. The human journey is a continuous act of transfiguration. If approached in friendship, the unknown, the anonymous, the negative, and the threatening gradually yield their secret affinity with us. As an artist, the human person is permanently active in this revelation. The imagination is the great friend of the unknown. Endlessly, it invokes and releases the power of possibility. Friendship, then, is not to be reduced to an exclusive or sentimental relationship; it is a far more extensive and intensive force.
The Celtic imagination articulates the inner friendship that embraces Nature, divinity, underworld, and human world as one. The dualism that seperates the visible from the invisible, time from eternity, the human from the divine, was totally alien to them.
The Anam Cara was a person to whom you could reveal the hidden intimacies of your life. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an ‘Anam Cara’, your friendship cut across all convention and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with a friend of your soul.”
There are many here that I feel are my “Soul Friends”, you know who you are…I just wanted to acknowledge those who echo my soul ;)
Aeone ~ Anam Cara
artwork sketch photographed and edited in photoshop7, colored with wacom pen and filtered with redfield plug-in fractilius and poster edges