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Several principles permeate how I think and make my work. I view it as a marriage of art theory, esoteric philosophy, energy healing bodywork and sound to create a situation for heightened awareness within human relations. Some influences include the thinking of Joseph Beuys through the writings of Rudolf Steiner; the psychology of Wilhelm Reich (orgone accumulator); the theory of Sympathetic Vibration by John Keely; the Swiss healer and artist, Emma Kunz. My practice of Buddhism combines the study of meditation on the body and mind and as a practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu, an energy healing art, my hands have witnessed the energy patterns pulsating throughout the body. These pulses led me to study hand drumming and ceremonial rhythms.

I believe the interaction with art does not depend solely on the observation of the object but the sensation to be lived. The experience depends on the experiencer, on the quality of experiencing. Information carried in energy fields structures where thoughts, attitudes and actions come from. Esoteric philosophy says there is not an I or an Other. There is just experience. Ideally, experience without concepts.

The nature of substance and intention, links the physical properties of matter to the spiritual. It is through our subjective interaction and interconnectedness that meaning is constructed. I depend on the viewer to bring content to my work. I create context for that to happen, a visual physio-philosophy for holistic perception.

Kathleen Anderson

 
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