Antarctica touches many of us very deeply.
This was true for Barbara Ventura. She was extremely productive after our 2009 Antarctic Voyage, creating two bodies of work and two books.
Here’s what she shared about her experiences.
“Expanding within the expansion would be the words I would use to “try” to express what took place in this PLACE called Antarctica. Words are only pointers. They direct us to a place beyond themselves. Antarctica cannot be defined in simple words. It is a place, a PLACE of BEING. Vast expands vastness it expands to new dimensions. It’s unending. We arrive and it keeps going. More appears. It seems like a dead end but a way is made where there is no way. Here Whites are defined in a different way. They gain a greater dimension. They expand, they become more than mere whites………it’s a vast array of whites.
Antarctica is a metaphor of Life. It’s the adverse meeting beauty/life. It’s a declaration of what “is not” encountering what “Is” in a sweet quiet acceptance of a Reality that goes beyond human intellectual
Antarctica cannot be defined in simple words. It is a place, a PLACE of BEING. Here Whites are defined in a different way. They gain a greater dimension. They expand, they become more than mere whites………it’s a vast array of whites.
Antarctica is a metaphor of Life. It’s the adverse meeting beauty and life. It’s overtaking. It takes your breath away. It is a place of overwhelming integration with the Creator/Creation Itself. Your heart enlarges, your inner being becomes enhanced into its essence merging with Spirit Itself.
My experience in Antarctica was one of enlargement and exposure to one of the most beautiful and remote places in the world. The transformation that resulted from the immersion into vastness, whiteness and profound silence is authentic and unique to Antarctica.
Being present in such a place like Antarctica gives birth to unlimited creative possibilities. Images spontaneously erupt from the interaction with vistas seldom seen by the human eye resulting in different themes for bodies of work.
I produced two complete books with content such as panoramas, vistas, abstracts, portals, snow, icebergs and ice formations. In addition I was inspired to create a body of work entitled “The Mystery of Life” which is a metaphor of the inner conflicts of the mind being captured in the intricacies of the inner parts of icebergs. I have also produced large scale, 10 foot, panoramas worthy of the vast expanse of Antarctica.”
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