Dreamtime

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Acrylic on Canvas

61 x 91cm
Dance of Life

 

The tree, totemic and sculptural in its edifying presence, withstands the passage of time. Human existence is, in comparison, transient. Hence the symbolic power of this majestic being, a silent, mysterious life form that links heaven and earth, promoting reflection and wisdom amongst humans in its transcendental presence. Monumental yet ethereal, it outlives most earthly species by centuries.
This painting is a meditation on nature. It reflects on the qualitative difference between the unified and the fragmented mind.  It is an invitation for people to reconnect deeply with nature and experience a fuller, more connected life. ‘Dreamtime’ is also a tribute to the Aboriginal people of Australia and their rich artistic legacy, which reflects a heightened awareness of the interconnectedness of life on Earth. Their deep reverence for all life derives from the fundamental awareness of the web of life. Human existence, when in harmony with nature, is a cosmic experience characterised by pure, direct perception. They are an inspiration, at these times of climate change and civil unrest, and a reminder of the deleterious consequences of political emphasis on profit over sustainable living. The Mayans said that ‘time is of the mind’. This statement implies that reclaiming of one’s time leads to regaining control of the mind. This painting is a meditation on nature and its derived time-perception. It reflects on the qualitative difference between the unified and the fragmented mind.  It is also an invitation for people to re-connect deeply with nature and experience a fuller life grounded in an experience of the present moment for a more connected experience.
Dreamtime is also a tribute to aborigine people of Australia and their rich artistic legacy, which reflects a heightened awareness of the interconnectedness of life on Earth. Their deep reverence for all life derives from the fundamental awareness of the web of life upon which ecosystems come to be. Human existence, when in harmony with nature, is a cosmic experience characterised by pure, direct perception. They are an inspiration, at these times of climate change and civil unrest, and a reminder of the deleterious consequences of political emphasis on profit over sustainable living. The Mayans said that ‘time is of the mind’, implying that reclaiming of one’s time leads to regaining control of the mind.
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 The Dream
The Dream
124.6 x 124.6cm
Mixed media
A winged being pursues her angelic flight though various spaces and incoherent perspectives. Free from gravity and unbound from matter, this ethereal being hovers through turbulent waters, furnaces and tunnel-like spaces. All four
elements are present in this composition: fire, water, earth and ether. This painting is symbolic of the human experience, navigating through life, discerning through an array of information, beliefs and identities, searching for patterns in chaos.
Artist and psychologist Sonia Ben Achoura translates her academic explorations of mind and spirit into a powerful visual language. Artwork that conveys psychological concepts and phenomena through her paintings, hence adding a scientific dimension to her art project.
Both historic and cutting-edge research findings are conceptualised in her creations, covering a broad range of interests including meditation, dreams, human interaction
with technology, consciousness, well-being and evolution.