“Your purpose is to be yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
"How clear she shines! How quietly ... While heaven and earth are whispering me," - Emily Brönte
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognise our shared humanity.” - Pema Chödrön
How to care for our minds, the planet we inhabit and the beings, plants and elements we share it with?
Artistically, I work primarily on slow growing (often collaborative) projects, where visual art is simply one possible mode of communication. I am more interested in the process, experience and purpose of making drawings or objects, than specific techniques. I find inspiration in our existential relationship with the natural world, as well as in the metaphorical and imaginative possibilities of natural forms and elements. Seeds, roots stones and soil may become hope, depth, worry and refuge.
Personal imaginative practice is vital to me as a means of expression, though material outcomes do not always feel necessary. So my aspiration is that when I do share work, it may be something that encourages others to share theirs, and this process of exchange may help us to appreciate and understand one another.
Since my Fine Art graduation in 2017 I have trained in Contemplative approaches, which have affected my art practice, giving me a deeper awareness of my relationship with my work as well as asking me to attend to my intention, attention and ethics. I have also been bringing together my experience in the field of mental health, and my artistic instincts, by working specifically on art projects that explore the mind and I hope cultivate a wider sense of a spiritual and emotional health. (For example - Switching Perceptions - exploring illness, wellness, genetics and self).
Day-to-day I work for the mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind.
THE SINGING PART OF THE IMAGINATION - Brian Catling RA
grounded shared space - Eleanor Minney
"Minney untangles the fragile threads of the human mind through delicate, detailed explorations into what creates a sense of self, and the relationship to psychiatric conditions" - Janette Scott PR
what does it mean, to be without touch?
to live without people,
to see you through a screen.
When we meet to be apart.
Careful, cautious, t e n t a t i ve.
A feeling of loss, an emotional pain,
reminds me of the teaching that the self can’t be found in one place anyway.
E.M. May 2020
Produced for Bethlem Gallery's Under Construction Programme.
Full text can be viewed on - http://bethlemgallery.com/2020/05/bethlem-friday-focus-grounded-shared-space
The table turned into a garden,
Full of seeds without bodies.
The seeds grew into a single fig tree.
[They see her from the window
lining up her seeds along the beach
- she placed the stone aside.
- Extract from Seeds and Waves (Love), E.M. 18
Mind like bog, shimmer – slog.
That’s quite a responsibility.
If I am alive.
The noise really hurts [my quiet state of mind].
Realise this moment.
E.M. January 2018
Calico Book Page 1, 2014