This painting is on beautiful navy handmade cotton paper with deckled edge. It has been framed in a contemporary white wood frame, “floated” to highlight the beautiful natural edge of the paper. I began my one-breath painting series, Unu Spiro, as a meditative practice to appreciate the present moment within myself after becoming a mother in 2016. My life changed, and I changed. As I transitioned into motherhood, I felt the call to be present and to simplify. Unu spiro translates to "one breath" in Esperanto, a language which is rooted in the present tense. In Buddhism, there is no past, no future, only now. My meditation and breathing practice helped me to slow down and to appreciate being in the now. The journey in minimalism revealed great depth; I felt I could say more with less. I began working with sumi ink only, synchronizing each stroke to my breath. I work intuitively and medtiatively. I add gold to some pieces similarly to the art of kintsugi - highlighting beautiful elements of imperfection. The meaning of each piece only emerges after I am done. Stories of motherhood and relationships between me and my child and husband emerge. My work teaches me about my life, and has helped me find stillness, peace, and great meaning.
Painting:gold leaf on Paper
Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
Filiz Soyak is an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes of identity, memory, time, and place, using intuitive mark-making through mindfulness practices including meditation and breath. After becoming a mother in 2016, her work turned further inward drawing upon intuition and vulnerability. Meditation has become an integral connection to her creative process. Filiz’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally since 2000, and is in several permanent collections. Artist Statement: My work is deeply personal. It is how I process life’s experiences, learn about myself and about the world, understand what has left a mark and what has moved me. It serves as a guide to make sense of the feelings I have felt, didn’t know I had, and bring up what I have sometimes forgotten. My work is emotionally driven and guided by intuition. Everything from the materials I use to the process are all chosen based on what feels right in the moment. It is a practice in being authentic, digging into the layers of emotions and memories that reside in that space, and trusting myself. My work is my meditation. It is more about the process more than the end result. It is my source of calm, clarity, and inner wisdom. With my work, I seek to travel to the innermost depth of existence, exploring the landscape between the seen, the remembered, and the imagined. That energy of knowing, of generations and experiences vibrating from within, that only develop over time. My work has evolved with me and changes as I do. It has cycled through many iterations and that journey represents my history. Most recently, the change is a product of motherhood and experience – I believe I can say more, with less.
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