• Genevieve Leavold

Artwork in Focus - Where the Light Gets In

Oil on canvas 40x40cm - 2021

The wound is the place where the light enters you

The above is a quote from a poem by the Sufi poet Rumi - his works are a source of inspiration in my practice. His writings are powerful, prophetic and highly relevant today.

This painting is deeply personal and at the same time universal - that's often the way of things isn't it? The fact is that we are all experiencing a wounding, Covid19 and the now obvious effects of climate change is hard to bear, painful and shocking but with this there is a possibility for the light to enter.

The personal and the Universal

I am interested in Buddhism and other Philosophies that explore theories of the self, the soul, and the spirit - there's a chap called Micheal Singer who wrote a book called the Untethered Soul which is about how to separate your self from the voice in your head which chatters constantly about how awful things are... (You know the one??)

I was listening to a conversation between him and Tony Robbins on Youtube and they were talking about how easy it is to get caught up in that fear and anger when things are not going your way. How we project our own insecurities onto others and build walls around ourselves to keep out the painful experiences but that just locks them in tighter.

What if we could see the pain as a signal that something need to be released, that there's a point in the experience that could bring us into a deeper understanding of life. That when we feel pain we could know that we are alive and not dead.