The first painting depicts through fractured, ligneous marks and gestures the final strides of a figure stepping out of concealment into a luminous unknown. The underlying quality of this work is that of a willingness to go beyond, to discover and see by ourselves, to leave behind obsolete beliefs and stagnant world views. It affirms the courage of being honest with oneself, both in what we already maintain as certain and as we glimpse into the vast realm of what we don’t know. It speaks about an enquiry to be undertaken at some point, if not continually, by each of us: what does deep inside of us resonate as true and has real value?
The prevalent quality in the second painting in turn, refers to the uncompromising resolve to be and move in the world from a place of kindness, friendliness, empathy and compassion, despite any circumstance, towards oneself and others. The work proposes an on-going embrace, with that same unconditional care a mother profess for her young baby, extended across all the width of this moment. The figure in the painting reminds us of the possibility to remain sensitive, at ease with our vulnerability, open-hearted within the ebbs and flows of our daily walk through the marketsquare.
Different spiritual traditions refer to these paired spiritual qualities under different names such as ‘wisdom and compassion’, ‘truth and love’, ‘higher intellectual centre and higher heart centre’, ‘mental and emotional balance’… the list goes on. They may also be broadly understood as the female and male principles or energies present in each of us.
|Raisa Raekallio & MIsha del Val 'Willingness to See', oil on linen, 105 x 125 cm, 2018|
|Raisa Raekallio & MIsha del Val 'Nourishing', oil on linen, 135 x 115 cm, 2018|