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The Art of Feminine Embodiment

with Katrina Leah 

Healing comes through the embodiment of the soul. The feminine soul is what grounds us. It loves and accepts us in our totality."

Marion Woodman

Artists Statement: 

Throughout my adult life I have been drawn to the feminine mysteries . I did not have the language for it , or even recognize my own soul longing , but it was there in my ability to be comfortable and fully present around the dying (as a nurse) . Later it was expressed in my love of pregnancy and birth and beyond where the feminine creative principle brings spirit into form in a very tangible and physical, way. 

I started painting in 2014 after many years of not thinking I was creative in any artistic sense. Inspired by the artwork of Flora Aube, I eventually took an online class with her and  threw myself into the world of intuitive painting. More online courses followed and in 2017, I became an Art of Allowing certified facilitator and commenced teaching workshops to women using this method along with other techniques.

Working mostly in acrylic to date, my paintings start out as play on the canvas and then intuitively seeing and feeling what is calling to come forth, and mostly for me that has been feminine forms and occasionally landscapes. Sometimes during the process , but more often later, the images that come into form on the canvas , begin to speak to me and a story unfolds. 

Since starting tertiary studies in applied visual arts in 2020, my interest in what might loosely be framed as women’s art and women artists has increased, and I am exploring different mediums as ways to express this. I do feel very drawn to working with textile and fibre which is traditionally and historically mediums that have been mostly used by women. I have begun some tentative explorations in these mediums and I hope to explore and express myself more in this way , possibly mixed media that incorporates painting , mark-making, textile and even ceramic. 

Bio :

2021 – Applied visual arts programme level 6 in progress

2020 - Applied visual arts programme level 5 completed

2020 – Awarded level 5 Contextual Studies prize

2020 – Nominee Level 5 Applied visual arts student awards

2020 – Solo exhibition The Creatrix. Methven Memorial Hall

2018 – Joint exhibition Muses and Madonnas, The Feminine as Creatrix .                    Pumanawa Gallery Christchurch Arts Centre

2017-2019 – Painting and creativity workshop facilitator

2017 – Certified Art of Allowing facilitator

Certificate in Myo-fascial Integration (Integrative Body-work) 

Certificate in Adult Teaching

Zenergy Art of Facilitation

Diploma in Childbirth Education

Registered General Nurse