The journey to discover my own Iconic Essence started while I was studying art. I became intrigued by the masterpieces and iconic works of art from the past. I wondered, “What made them masterpieces?”, “What made them Iconic?”, “Can everyone be Iconic?”.
The questions set me off on a quest to recreate masterpieces as a way to find out and truly understand the architecture of an iconic creation.
I started with Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’…
Embodying Venus was a powerful experience of claiming my own femininity and allowing my body to be seen. To create the shells I gathered up my old canvases and transformed them into cones. Inside each of those cones is a painting, a story from my journey as an artist. It felt as if the art of my past was ready to carry me into the future and help me birth my next vision.
Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ was an obvious masterpiece that I wanted to explore. The most recognizable aspects of this painting are the smile and the eyes. But, it was actually the environment that became the focus for me when I recreated it. It was quite a process to find the perfect subdued space with the winding curved path in the background. My appreciation for space and the role the environment plays in the overall feel of a piece grew through this recreation.
I have so much respect for Frida Kahlo. She was first recognized artist who used herself as the subject of her art. Now with social media this concept is mainstream, but at the time it was revolutionary. The roots of Art Therapy are in the work of Frida Kahlo.
In the process of recreating one of Frida’s pieces I wanted to include her trademark eyebrow, of course, and it was the composition of the art that became the focus. She is always the center focus of her art, which communicates her willingness to see herself as the art and put herself clearly in the center. Recreating this helped me to see the importance of claiming space for myself and unabashedly viewing myself as the subject of my art.
Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’ is an Iconic Cubist creation. Recreating this piece was so much fun because it cut up the ideas of traditional beauty and made room for a more unusual vision of reality to come through. Traditionally symmetry, balance and correct proportions drove most art before Picasso. He paved a way for a completely nü idea of reality to come through.
Jackson Pollock’s uninhibited freedom of expression challenged me to bare it all. I started this recreation in the nude, as if I was a blank canvas, and asked a group of friends to paint me. The experience completely transformed me as I felt the total release of judgment and expectation of what something should be and truly let it be what it is.
Lichtenstein’s comic style pop art was the most challenging for me. I had to dig in deep to find an emotional barbie-like seductress to pull this off. I resisted this one the most because I didn’t understand why it was iconic. Then I realized that an iconic work of art has a few qualities:
1) It clearly expresses and reflects the essence of the artist, or the artists vision.
2) It taps into a bigger essence that resonates with many people.
3) It captures the crystallized vision of the point in time when it was originally created.
4) It goes beyond a trend and creates a timeless space where no matter when you experience it, it still holds a potent transmission.
5) It opens a portal of possibility for generations to come.
6) It is art, in it’s purest sense, which is the co-creation with the divine.
Exploring the Iconic creations of others artists just wet my appetite for exploring my own Iconic Expression and guiding others to do the same.
What art masterpieces inspire you?
Our Global Community of creative spiritual evolutionaries are exploring their Iconic Essence with this years nü Icon Movie. Looking at other masterpieces and iconic art of others gives clues about your own Iconic Essence.
Discover yourself and create your own masterpiece~ YOU!
Recreating Masterpieces was a project I co-created with photographer Kevin Thom. He is also the photographer for the nü Icon Movie.