The Outpouring

20×20” Acrylic & Mixed Media. Approx. 24 Hand Hours

THE ALL, in its aspect of Being, projects its Will toward its aspect of “Becoming” and the process of creation begins… This process is believed … to have a Correspondence to the metal process of an artist, writer, or inventor…This Involuntary stage of Creation is sometimes called the “Outpouring” of the Divine Energy, just as the Evolutionary state is called the “Indrawing”  

From The Kybalion, Chapter 7: Paragraph 9 & 10, Paraphrased

Have you ever had something move through you? Making this piece was really a moment of peak flow. With everything happening on the planet, it is really wonderful to experience such a focused and purposeful head space. 

This piece was completed in approximately 24 working hours over 4 days. Typically a project like this would take me a few weeks at least. A smidge of that is practical considerations (ugh work 😐) but it is partially due to the material and research processes that are used to create the work. 

My work has always consisted of layers. Both layers of art materials (layers of paint or marker and pencil, digital layers) and layers of ideas. As I progress these things only become more integrated. Recently, this year especially, I have been finding it more and more necessary to find a unity between my marker and pencil work and my abstract pieces. This interconnection reaches into the ideas and philosophy behind each piece as well. One of the ways that I try to extend my art to others is by combining ideas from various philosophical, scientific and religious traditions. From my perspective truth isn’t differentiation. The truth of our experience is in commonality. In order to present a truly holistic narrative, my artwork must also become more interconnected.

Cierra Johnson, Artist

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Above & Below 2020

I’m still not really sure what to say about this piece … partly because the entire process was deeply personal and partially because something about it feels like a rebellion against my previous work. So I have been working on this for over a year now and it just recently came into completion at the beginning of this year.

For a while I felt like I had to exclude or distance myself from my artwork; I was using it as a method of escape. I had to figure out how to be authentically me. Now I am in a place where I realize that my experience is universal. I am not alone. Everyone goes through it. Everyone has to face the day and find their courage. I had to take some time to imagine myself  the way I saw other people. I had to change the lens through which I saw myself.

The excerpt below is from a book by Diane Wolkstein, “Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth” (#superdope #giveitagoogle)

From “The Holy Priestess of Heaven”, A Hymn to Inanna

Mighty, majestic, and radiant, 

You shine brilliantly in the evening, 

You brighten the day at dawn, 

You stand in the heavens like the sun and the moon, 

Your wonders are known both above and below, 

To the greatness of the holy priestess of heaven, 

To you, Inanna, I sing! 

Cierra Johnson, Artist