Art is born of alchemy – the process of artistic creation where alchemists (creators, thinkers, dreamers and doers) transmute inspiration into being :
"Artistic creation is an organic process that defies intention – a journey into the unknown : It's a divine dance : A blending, merging, swirling, rolling, unfurling into form : As I go within, into the flow – a calm, intensely focused meditative state – I allow a new dance to begin”
Sonya Rothwell's otherworldly oils of empyrean consciousness expressing itself are 'subtly absorbed minglings with universal forces,' neologically titled Cosmosis : 'We are all made of stars, interwoven and infinite' : Like galaxies, each work is made up of interconnected canvases – individual parts of the whole, intended to scatter like stars across our sphere :
Entering a meditative state, Sonya sets a powerful intention for the blank canvas before allowing a new dance to begin : Her creation process is very physical : Working on the floor in the flow, her hands move quickly around the painting, smearing, smudging, dripping and splattering, as melding pools of iridescent colour alchemically paint themselves :
Charged with light, her paintings activate positive emotions within the viewer who is drawn into their luminous glow and filled with their radiance : Created in just one session Sonya's ethereal paintings retain a freshness, immediacy and magic – once the spell is broken the work is complete :
"Sonya's paintings are so beautiful : We're lucky enough to have her original 'Stardust' : Whenever I walk into the sitting room I'm struck by its luminosity – it uplifts me somehow"
HECTOR McALPINE, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF SIR ROBERT McALPINE LTD
'Cosmosis' is an ongoing body of work that may be viewed online or by appointment at our Salon D'Art : In warmer months Sonya sometimes opens the doors of her studio inviting the garden goers in to watch her paint : Enjoying their excitement, she chats and jokes with them about art and her process as she works : Intrigued, some people spend the day in the garden to watch her works unfold from beginning to completion :
"I paint from another place – where I go, I couldn't tell you : I step away from myself, yet in that place I am more myself than anywhere else : To borrow from Poet Laureate Pablo Neruda; while I am painting I am far away, and when I come back I have already gone"
"Art, when created from the heart is never mediocre : One must be passionate – throw oneself wholeheartedly into creation : Dive in head first, naked : Float and frolick in its foam : Swirl in its glittering streams of sunlight and swim around its silken depths : Then behold what emerges"
"Listen within yourself and look into the infinitude of Space and Time : There can be heard the songs of the Constellations, the voices of the Numbers, and the harmonies of the Spheres"