Symbols

“As a First Nations artist, I work at the intersection of esotericism, personal growth and social change. I am interested in the Universality within all indigenous wisdom teaching. I use symbols, patterns and archetypal themes.” - the artist

Infinity Emerging & Returning to its Own Centre (Archival Print) 36 x 24 inches, $222

Infinity Emerging & Returning to its Own Centre (Archival Print) 36 x 24 inches, $222

Infinity Emerging and Returning Back to Itself depicts the shape of infinity, also known as the torus. It is said that the torus is the shape of the human aura and indeed is that of the magnetic field of the heart (Toroidal Energetic Field) that is constantly refreshing and influencing itself. “The three-torus (torus with torus within torus) is a cosmological model. The theory describes the shape of the universe (topology) as a three-dimensional torus”. (Wikipedia) Today’s science demonstrates what ancient mysticism has always known; the vortex of creation with the creator at the centre.

Ishta + Infinity, 9.75 x 19.75 inches, $555

Ishta + Infinity, 9.75 x 19.75 inches, $555

In this work, I use gestural lines to represent the layers of the experience that make creation itself. A white dot at the centre of the experience is the pure consciousness that resides within the heart centre of all sentient beings who experience themselves within creation. Like an ancient yantra or medicine wheel, the circumference of the symbol represents the aspects of the cosmos which then joins at the centre, where a concentration of consciousness is defined. These ancient symbols show us the Truth of Creation and are maps to our own power, liberation and Self knowledge.

Polarities 1, Mixed media collage on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, $888

Polarities 1, Mixed media collage on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, $888

Process With dance like gestures, Ishta demonstrates the nature of the subtle energetic toroidal field as the lines flow to characterize the subtle frequency that is the magnetic field of the heart and that of the chakras. By performing basic movement gestures to acknowledge directions and aspects of creation, Ishta transmits translates these movements into a visual representation of the energy field she is attuning to.

Polarities 2, Mixed media collage on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, $888

Polarities 2, Mixed media collage on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, $888

In addition to the Infinity (torus shape), Ishta introduces the double helix. While the torus defines the geometry of consciousness, the double helix demonstrates the DNA structures of creation. As we look to ancient teachings, we discover the double helix as an ancient symbol describing the aspects of masculine and feminine coming into balance. When they do it brings illumination and liberation to those who activate it. The double helix is also synonymous with the chakra system, known to ancient India. These ancient Universal symbols are known around the world in many versions of geometry representing the 2 sides of masculine and feminine aspects. Ishta is doing ongoing research and art making around these Universal principles known to our ancestors long before science and quantum physics could discover the evidence that confirms the previously ridiculed and systematically destroyed wisdom teachings.

Ishta + Double Helix (Archival Photograph on aluminum) 19.75 x 19.75 inches, $555

Ishta + Double Helix (Archival Photograph on aluminum) 19.75 x 19.75 inches, $555

Additional works in collage expound on the details of the foundational works of the infinity (torus) and the double helix. In this growing collection of illustration and collage, Ishta expands on the Universal concepts of the polarities and elements of creation. Using predominantly black and combining a messy gestural style with plenty of white spaces unifies the entire body of work, to offer a cohesive and dynamic exhibit.

To view more work by the artist, please visit ishtadevi.com. You may also follow the artist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ishtathedevi, as well as Instagram @ishtadevi.


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