Reverential Art

Sacred Ecology: Allurement
This mandala is the first in a series of ten mandalas illustrating the Powers of the Universe as described by evolutionary philosopher Dr. Brian Swimme. “Allurement” is a way of naming deeper qualities of the attractive forces of gravity and the electromagnetic interactions. Allurement draws us to the earth and each other at the most subtle dimensions. The archetypal elements hold layered meanings 
expressing Allurement at different levels of consciousness: cellular, plants and animals, bioregions, human communities, and planetary. 
The images in this sacred living icon suggest how we embody Allurement as a power of the Universe. Collectively we embrace that which draws us together: to the land, to all beings, to dreams we share in common. Allurement is sacred, sensual, real, and flowing through us in every moment. The symbols express our longing for and participation in an ecstatic, reverential, reciprocal relationship with Gaia. 
My experience painting this was a lived personal process. I became conscious of myself as Earth, as a living expression of the loving bondedness we have for earth in all her magnificence. 
"By releasing ourselves into the field of our own allurement, into that which draws us most deeply, we will move into a pursuit of beauty that will ignite beauty within us. And in that very process of igniting beauty it will lead to a mutually enhancing evocation of beauty. It is the envelope of the earth moving into the deeper communion with the larger earth community." --Brian Swimme

Ann Amberg, © 2011  23" x 25" gouache on paper; fine art giclee prints available. 
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Pine Ridge, Nebraska
This pastel painting portrays the northwest Nebraska landscape known as the Pine Ridge country near Chadron, Nebraska. This is close to Fort Robinson where Crazy Horse, the famous Oglala Sioux warrior, was killed in 1877 by US soldiers. I spent time here in 1977 on my first solo vision quest at age 16, where I fell in love with the golden grasses flowing in the wind and the radiant blue sky of this powerful landscape. On that quest I heard voices of traveling families on the hillside but saw no other beings (other than wild turkeys). In 2000, when working on this image in Dodgeville, WI, another artist told me a story of she and her son visiting very near this spot. Her son ran up to the top of the hill, then after a while ran back down and told his mother that he heard voices but saw no one.

Ann Amberg, © 2000 28" x 24" pastel on paper; fine art giclee prints available.
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