Kandinsky Dialogue Speakers

Who is Kandinsky?

What is the purpose of the afternoon?

Beyond ritual, man has an innate need to express our spiritual nature. Whether the practice of our faith is through formal religion, or is informal and personal, the expression of art allows us to connect to something within ourselves that is powerful and beautiful. This Sunday afternoon exploration will help us understand that art and the creative process is part of all spiritual traditions and non-traditional spiritual paths. Exploring this connection will encourage us to see our similarities rather than our differences and explore our own inner creativity.

Facilitators

Keri Wehlander

Keri Wehlander is an author, hymn lyricist, photographer and spiritual director. Her first two books provide resources for worship and prayer that are widely used in congregational and retreat settings and also by individuals desiring to deepen their spiritual practice. Most recently, she compiled and edited a book called Creating Change: The Arts as Catalyst for Spiritual Transformation. Keri is passionate about exploring ways that encounters with the Holy can deepen and hold us.

David Seven Deers

First Nation Artist David Seven Deers was born 1957 in Vancouver. Most of his childhood years were spent in foster homes. In 1974 David left school and was admitted to the Vancouver School of Art (presently the Emily Carr School of Art). After that he joined the school of life and traveled Canada and the US. He lived from odd jobs and then increasingly from his art.

In 1978 he went to visit Europe for the first time and spent time working in England. It was there that he had his first experience with stone carving and sculpture. He spent time in Western Europe while working on and selling many marble sculptures. He then continued in creating life size pieces of Art in both marble and granite ranging in weight from 2.200 to 220.000 pounds. All his works were carved by hand without drawing or models. David found

and freed these figures from his heart in the course of the creative process.

Since the early nineties David has returned to the original territory of his native ancestors near Chilliwack, B.C. Canada but worked on several international projects for example a Totem Pole carved from a 608 year old cedar tree as a present from his people – The Skwah band , Sto:lo Nation – to the city of Hamburg, Germany. David’s sculptures are standing in public places throughout Europe and the Western US and Canada. He also published a book called “The People on my Shore” which was compiled and written by the elders of the Sto:lo Nation providing them with a written documentation of their culture. Today David lives on a mountain farm near Greenwood, B.C. Canada with his family.

Alexandra Goodall

From Alexandra,

“I love playing in the space where intangible phenomena meet our corporeal human/animal experience. Much of my work explores this. I have found that using artistic processes as a holding container for spiritual practice works for me. I am drawn to the playing, molding, and shaping of perception through the arts, tweaking processes in the service of insight. Exploring embodied spirituality and playing with intersubjective space are also interests for me. How is art-making and the experience of engaging with the art “object” a relational act, and what can I learn through this process? I am currently training in Intermodal Expressive Arts, and this, as well as my interests in other psychotherapeutic approaches, spiritualities, and different types of body work, has greatly influenced my approach to art-making.”

Alexandra Goodall is a multidisciplinary artist living in Penticton who works predominantly in paint and fibre (with an emphasis on felt-making). She holds a diploma in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University, and is completing her Masters in Intermodal Expressive Arts through the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Her installation entitled MicrocosmoSoma is currently on display at the Penticton Art Gallery.

Swami Jyotihananda

Swami Jyotihananda has always been a creative thinker and intent observer, curious about understanding the world around her. From a young age, she was fascinated by the way that space is created and divided, and she expressed her
interest through art.

After cancer surgery when she was in her twenties, she questioned the purpose of her life. Intuitively she decided to enroll in the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson where she discovered the power of the creative process to heal her body, mind and emotions.

At a noon lecture at art school, she heard a speaker describe the spiritual practices at nearby Yasodhara Ashram. Intrigued, she visited the Ashram and began her life-long study of yoga.

Immediately she could see the relationship between pottery, which she loved, and creating form with the body in Hatha Yoga. She discovered the power of meditation practices to still the mind and take her to a place of lightness and
joy.

Her study of yoga at Yasodhara Ashram led her to become first a teacher and then, years later, a swami (renunciate—similar to a monk in Christian tradition). She has spent the last 30 years deepening her practice and offering yoga to students in Canada and Europe.

For Swami Jyotihananda, awareness is the key to yoga and the creative process. “Yoga is art and art is yoga; they dance together. Both offer an opportunity to channel the highest and bring beauty into the world.”

Swami Jyotihananda will present the keynote address at the global fusion dinner on Saturday evening.