Visual artists can be seen as a great band of lives registering, recording and making meaning of the human experience on behalf of humanity.
At The Poartry Project, we are part of this band, using the senses beyond our eyes, ears and touch to perceive and bring to life through visual art the wondrous world beyond the physical form that more and more lives are already seeking and recognizing as “the something more” they sense. This world can be found by following the trail of “golden threads of good” that weave together throughout the history of our human existence to provide a lighted path of good in the world. The Poartry Project perceives this world as what breathes life and wonder into our lives, and we have experienced profound changes over the years in how we create and share poetry and art as we have come to know this world. Mapping and sharing the territory of it is our contribution to the ongoing weaving of the golden threads of good.
Our creative process for each artwork is unique and meditative: With our faculties beyond the physical senses, we tune in with and perceive what we consider to be the energy, form, structure and essence beyond the physical form or idea of whatever we are exploring, revealing and mapping through the creation of our art. As we share this new territory of the “world and energy beyond the form” through applying our deep training, experience and natural talent in the “art and science of impression”, new golden threads of good are woven in the consciousness of the viewer, creating opportunities to connect with and understand deeper aspects and wider dimensions of themselves and the world in new ways.
We call this form of art-making “energy cartography”, and we provide an example of how it works immediately below in “WHITE SANDS”.
“White Sands” offers a glimpse into the pioneering work of energy cartography through visual art practiced by the creator of The Poartry Project. As with the pivotal moment in The Matrix when Neo is finally able to see The Matrix and realizes the expanded reality that Morpheus was pointing to when he said “What I’m saying is that when the time comes, you won’t have to” in response to Neo’s question, “You mean I can stop bullets?”, the creator of The Poartry Project is able to perceive structures of energies behind forms – from nature to people to musical compositions to planets and more. These energetic structures reveal the astounding and complex beauty of the extraordinary natural world of unseen energies all around us that make us far more than we think we are.
With “White Sands”, the first image is a fairly literal representation of the physical landscape and atmosphere at White Sands, New Mexico in the USA as perceived at a particular moment in time by the creator of The Poartry Project. It was created as a triptych painted on three wood panels in acrylic. The second image, also perceived, seen and drawn by the creator of The Poartry Project, is a representation in a point of time of the energetic form, structure and interplays behind that physical landscape that literally builds the outer form seen physically and gives the outer landscape its shape and atmospheres. It was created digitally using Sketchbook Pro on an iPad.
It is important to recognize in energy cartography that no energy form and structure is ever fixed since the dynamic interplay of energies is constantly in motion, evolving and responding to environmental conditions and the conditions and consciousness of the perceiving artist – very similarly to the weather.
White Sands, New Mexico, USA | A Representation of the Corresponding Energetic Form and Landscape behind the physical form
The Poartry Project participated in a map-making event that occurred just as new lava flows popped up in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2018. Listening to the radio on the drive up to the arts center where the event was taking place, we heard interviews with residents of Leilani Estates and their responses to “losing” their homes and things to the lava. Their attitude was striking: They all cited that their living on the land of Leilani Estates was borrowed from Pele, a volcano goddess in Hawaiian lore and living. On gentleman who did not expect to lose his home to lava, but did, said that he sat on the land by the lava-impacted house and “gave a blessing and received a blessing”. Photos are turning up of ritual ti leaves placed in the streets of Leilani Estates as an offering to pele.
This deep connection with the nature of the land and the sense of not “owning” the land, but rather having the gift of living on the land until the land wants it back were so strikingly beautiful in this era where much of humanity is contemplating what the proper relationship with our planet and its stewardship is that when we got to the event – still expecting to map dark sky spots – it suddenly struck that the map had to be a celebration of and memorial to Leilani Estates. The Poartry Project has visited the region several times where this lava event is happening, and we walked across the lava bed that erased two villages the last time Kilauea (and perhaps Pele) were in motion. While the local population seems to relate with the places where they live the way Tibetan Buddhist monks relate with the sand mandalas they create, it seems fitting and proper to celebrate what has been and to contemplate different energetic and esoteric perspectives on “choas” and “order”.
The base of the artwork is an artistic interpretation of a satellite map of the Big Island of Hawaii and some of its surrounding waters. There are 4 panels of additional artistically-rendered maps, which can be moved around and placed wherever the viewer would like to place them. In the photo, the bottom left panel – representing “chaos” – is a map of real-time lava flow and intensity derived from the US Geological Survey. The bottom right panel – representing “order” – is a map of the street grid and vegetation of Leilani Estates. The top right panel – representing “super-order” – is a map of the even more densely ordered street grid and vegetation of Nanawale Estates, Leilani Estates’ neighbor just to the north, separated by the Lava Tree State Monument. The top left panel – representing “supra-order” – is an artistic interpretation map of Kilauea in the form of Pele, the volcano goddess.
While most westerners in modern society would see the estate subdivisions as “order” and the lava and Kilauea as “chaos”, the local resident populations – who hail from all over the world and from different cultures – in fact see the lava, Kilauea and Pele as the natural order of things. Perhaps we can all learn something by re-arranging our maps…
This series created by The Poartry Project creator is from Part 1 of what will be an ongoing series of “field guides” to the natural world of energies behind the physical world of form. It was inspired by a conversation around, “Hmmm, wouldn’t it be great if each incarnating life came in with a ‘Welcome to Earth Manual’ to help them navigate what it means to be on ‘Mission Earth’ as a citizen of both the physical world and the world beyond the form?” The drawings here are accompanied by explanatory text in the actual manual, which can be found HERE at iloveenergy.org. The artwork was created primarily with various papers and pen as 3-dimensional fold-out folios that were inspired by old atlases, maps and James Audubon’s original 19th-century folio prints of animal species. The Welcome to Earth Manual: Field Guide #1 for Newly-Incarnated Citizens was submitted as a sketchbook in the 2017 Sketchbook Project. The single physical copy of it can be seen in person at The Brooklyn Art Library, which houses the over 36,000 sketchbooks submitted by people from 135+ countries.
This series of drawings created by The Poartry Project creator shares the year-long experience of traveling around North America full-time with the inspiring message of being citizens of wherever we were at the moment and doing the circulatory work of energetic stewardship, with a focus on supporting and exchanging experience with significant cities and natural areas and meeting new friends around our shared story of one humanity evolving together through the natural world of energies for the good of all. We embarked on these travels after releasing having a house in order to move into and embody the reality of full-time mobile world citizenship. Our little Nissan Cube was our “house”, and REI became our “home store”. We shared this story as a sketchbook through the 2015 Sketchbook Project.
The Poartry Project is newly embarked on studies and experiments in the field of Book Arts as a medium for creating and sharing explorations of the wondrous and inspiring “something more” beyond the familiar physical world of form. We share some of our (very novice) first efforts below.
HARDCOVER BASICS WITH ANN JOPPE-MERCURE
Adjunct Professor in Graduate Education
| St. Michael’s College
In the September 2018 meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, we learned 3 different book cover basics, two using just glue and one stitched with a very simple stitch. For someone who seemed pretty hopeless in childhood sewing classes (as much due to lack of interest than lack of precision and patience), the bookbinding version of book making has been surprising satisfying and successful.
Book Arts Guild of Vermont