Saturday, February 12, 2011

Body, Mind, Heart

Valentine's Day is here and as I sat at my work table recently making  Blossoming Hearts  I began to wonder ... with all the breakthroughs  medical science has made to understand the mechanics of the human heart,  why is it still such a popular symbol of love and passion?
“The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.”

For centuries philosophers, scientists, priests and poets have contemplated the function of the heart. In Ayurveda, India's 5000 year old system of medicine the Anahata or Heart Chakra is located in the middle of the chest the same  region as the heart. It's characteristics are physical, emotional and spiritual. It's  associated with the physical functions of the heart, blood and circulatory system and also the spiritual traits of compassion, unconditional love and issues of the soul.

Anonymous Persian Anatomical Illustrations. [Iran or Pakistan, ca. 1680-1

In the fourth Century B.C. the Greek philosopher Aristotle identified the heart as the center of intelligence, motion, and sensation, the body's source of vitality.  

The Sacred Heart, a traditional Christian image, is often depicted as a flaming heart impaled by a sword or encircled by a ring of thorns. The imagery suggests physical duress but also spiritual passion. It's a frequent subject in Latin American folk art.  Contemporary artists have expanded on the traditional image to express there own ideas about the nature of the heart. It's even achieved something of a cult status in popular art. 

Mexican Tin Sacred Heart courtesy of The Virgin Rose on Etsy

Mexican Milagros courtesy of Alamo 2003 Shop

    El Corazon-Loteria Series by Teresa Villegas

    Sacred Heart-3 By Scott Holloway

I will have to leave the mysteries of the heart unsolved for now and instead end this post with some words from the Sufi poet Hafiz~

"How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise, we would remain too frightened "

 It's all about LOVE

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blossoming Hearts

The Blossoming Heart Series is inspired by sacred hearts found in Latin American folk art. The found materials that I use are chipped, worn and nailed in place. Sometimes our hearts have to go through a bit of wear in order to truly blossom.