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MY ART ABOUT A FRIEND'S DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

Title of Art Series:
"Healing the soul with the Shaman's Power!
Soul Retrieval with Courage to Face our Fears"
Every painting constitutes a PRAYER

Using the holy 72 names of God in Hebrew an expression under the umbrage of the holy blessed US Constitution, freedom of speech and RELIGION, each painting constitutes A PRAYER!

This art was created as a reaction to the depression of a friend which ended in suicide. As such, the art challenged my mind to heal by helping it face what is inside it, no matter how horrific.

All of the foregrounds for these paintings were finished over a span of 2 1/2 months, April, May, June 2015. They were inspired by a friend who left us as a result of depression. So these paintings are dedicated to him. As long as these paintings are somewhere on earth, you, dear friend, will always be remembered and loved.

This is art that expresses my personal experience and no one elses. It is about having COURAGE to go within into the inner landscape and FIGHT, LIKE A WARRIOR, for the soul, taking it back. And what I mean about the inner landscape is the MIND.

The images and ideas shown here include the techniques used by shaman medicine people for thousands of years to help retrieve lost parts of the soul. (DISCLAIMER: Some of these paintings are graphic and may be disturbing to some people. They are not meant to be copied or used by anyone for any reason.)

For thousands of years when human beings lived in TRIBAL SYSTEMS, there was a Shaman. Typically, this person was connected to nature and through their work, they connected the tribe to nature. In addition, the shaman provided HEALING. The belief in animistic societies was that the world was filled with life and energy. The shaman was the healer, teacher, counselor, and also connected the tribe to the ancestors asking for help and assistance and for the survival of the tribe.

In the paintings here, I have included OUTFITS or MASKS from different shamanic cultures. From the beginning of time, the shaman would dawn the MASK in order to connect to nature, become the animal totems, find answers to help the tribe, find healing for others, communicate with those departed... From the beginning of time, we find in caves, drawings made by shamans as they prayed and comunicated with the ancestors and nature in order to do different things, like for instance, improve the hunt. etc. Often, the warrior masks and costumes were worn as a form of respect. Hence, masks and costumes, similar to those found in the art here, can be found everywhere where there are ancient cultures!

The way I thought about it is, if one is going to war one must be a FIGHTER and WARRIOR. These masks display this concept. The idea expressed being that inside us, in our minds, or in the inner landscape, some THING has intruded and occupied. And we experience this occupation via overall negativity, sickness, bad thoughts, etc...



These are original one of a kind oil paintings that I painted on canvas.
This means that the only materials used in the art were OIL PAINTS, pencil and paper. That is all. NO OTHER MATERIALS WERE USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS ART!

The art is stretched on stretchers made in my studio.
The paintings are huge as each painting measures 4+ feet by 5+ feet.


Finally, the STYLE OF THE ART is: symbolic, surrealistic, primitive, shamanic, metaphysical, psychological, spiritual, animistic, and modern. Also, they are anthropological and sociological as they are influenced by tribal ideas from around the world.



DISCLAIMER PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT: This art has powerful images that some may find hard to look at. The art is about DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE! And although people's reactions are varied, some people loving them and others not, I created them ONLY to express my sadness at the loss of my friend. As such, as it concerns all people, other than myself, this art is for fun and entertainment purposes only. It is not meant to be copied or used for any purpose other than viewing as art. Also, I am not a medical doctor or professional. I can not advise anyone on how to deal with anything medically related ie depression and suicide. If you suffer from any medical condition, get help, seek medical treatment from a licensed medical doctor. Finally, I do not endorse the actions of any person as related to this, or related to anything else, and disclaim all responsibility. Artist shows the art with the understanding that the viewer/reader agrees to abide by the agreement here. THANK YOU

If you would like to listen to music with this art series listen to Wiz Khalifa See you again.

All art and writing in this site is Copyrighted Grace Divine




shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine
Title:"The Shaman, the Heart of the Dancing Drum and the Minotaur"

When did we stop being a tribe of people
and become walls attached to television and computer screens?
I say, lets start feeling again. Lets be human.
May 21 2015 Grace Divine

Some people can't dare to be different.
Please wake up... Being different means being unique.
And that uniqueness is what makes us human.
And we need you to be human.
May 21 2015 Grace Divine






shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine


Title:"Quetzalcoatl Feathered Serpent Transformation"

Ask yourself, when is the last time
you had an original thought?
The truth is, you were made to have original
thoughts. And that's what makes you human.
May 21 2015 Grace Divine

My art looks within, to try to understand. If you
feel something when you look at it, it is because it
is mirroring something inside you. And what is
inside you, is significant.
May 21 2015 Grace Divine









shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine


Title:"Healing the Soul"

I perceive people as archetypes because that is what we are.
And so, I free my feelings as I can compassionately love and hate at the same time.
May 21 2015 Grace Divine









shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine


Title:"Moises was a Woman"

Fairy tales:
As children we were told fairy tales.
Then, supposedly that stopped.
Or did it?
May 21 2015 Grace Divine








celti


Title:"When War Comes Our Spirit is Ready.
Here we have the spirit of the bear, the spirit of
the eagle, the spirit of the panther and the
spirit of the spider time traveler."

I painted this while I was listening to this song:
Lakota Shaman Warrior Music...



Today, as art galleries fill up with incomprehensible so called "objets d'art" like dead cows or boxes of detergents it begs the question, what is art?
And if anyone defends the absurd as a reflection of humanity, the question then becomes, are we living in a TIME OF ABSURDITY?

According to Google art is to be "appreciated primarily for [it's]... beauty...and... emotional power."

I like this painting. I find it to be interesting. It is strangely pleasing to me, like an exotic meal. And I like that. I like something that feeds me even if it's different.

I am not saying that you will find this to be "art." Instead, your definition of art may run the gamut anywhere and limited to from canvases of pretty flowers to empty shoe boxes.

And I have to wonder, today, have we lost the meaning of what art is? Or are we too lazy to even define it leaving this important responsibility to
self-interested curators and gallery owners who rather than foster significant art about the human experience are out to make a quick
buck selling something they call art which has no deeply significant human value?

AMBIVALENCE!

I think this is art because I find it interesting. To me, it harkens back to the time when humans painted on cave walls in an attempt to touch
something beyond their physical reality.

Maybe you hate this. Maybe you like it. Or maybe you feel nothing at all. And then, maybe you have a box of detergent displayed proudly in your
living room.

So then, lets agree to disagree and lets find common ground. I too would like to have a box of detergent. But I will keep mine in the laundry room.
And then, when the detergent runs out, I will throw the box out.

May 21 2015 Grace Divine








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Title:"Human evolution 21th century. In the future, when
human beings can see more clearly into the
universe, we will realize that we are not alone.
And that all along, all kinds of things have been
staring back at us."

What is this? Art that is real about the inner
landscape. If this makes you feel something, that
is powerful, because your feelings are significant.
May 21 2015 Grace Divine









shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine


Title:"In the beginning the Heart of the Shaman was one with the Heart of the Earth."









shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine
Title:"Dancing warrior and
getting fears under control."








shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine
Title:"The Spiritual World and the Child's Perception
as the souls travel down to earth to be born."








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Title:"Latin American Lords and Powers.
My life as a child in Mexico."








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Title:"The Fallen Warrior and the tree of Yggdrasil"








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Title:"Shamanic Calling: The Human Spirit, the Hawk,
The Earth, The Sky and the Words of God"








shaman, art, shamanism, symbolism, surrealism, symbol, art, judaism, native american, gracedivine


Title:"Overcoming Terror Escape from Egypt"

When I realize how much I feel, I understand that
to accumulate unnecessary feelings is to hoard
them in a bad way and thus my insides become a
dumping ground. My art challenges people to face
their feelings. Can you feel anything right now?
May 21 2015 Grace Divine

Yes, we are receptacles filled with lots of things.
And some of these things are completely unnecessary.
Lets go within and clean house...
May 21 2015 Grace Divine











THE FOLLOWING IMAGES SHOW THE SIZE OF THE ART. They were taken while the art was being created so some of the paintings are unfinished.





This image shows the size of the paintings












These paintings aren't finished












More images not done April 2015












This painting is finished and we took it to show the size












More images here showing two finished paintings April 25






































Two finished paintings these are all the same












Still working on this one