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Carol Bradbury
Topeka , Kansas - United States
Oil Painting - Abstract



phone: 206.226.8592
website: www.carolbradbury.com
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The artist has an inherent dilemma . . . the urgent need to communicate and the still more urgent
2006-09-06
need not to be found.- D.W. Winnicott
once heard a story about an ancient people and their ritual initiation of adolescents into adulthood. At the proper time, the elders would take the young person deep into the earth through a series of caves. The opening of the last cave was very narrow, just wide enough for the body to slip through.

On the stone floor of this cave was a deep pool of water. The initiate was directed to step into the pool and as the water covered the young person, they became aware for the first time of who they really were and what their purpose was. At the precise moment of supreme realization, the initiate was struck on the head and all their knowing disappeared. What was left, was a trace, a vague sense like the pull of a string that if followed could lead them back to the center of that revelation.

The drawings, paintings and prints found on my site at www.carolbradbury.com are a record of being pulled back towards that center. For many years the figure was my primary focus and discipline, a passion informing me of depths yet unrealized. My attention and inquiries shifted from the figure when I returned to the landscape of my birth, the indigenous colors and forms reson-ating. Yet even the landscape yielded as I was pulled deeper into the formlessness that I am currently exploring.

While in my early 30's I had the opportunity to undergo a five year Jungian Analysis in Zurich, Switzerland. This experience provided me with tools I still use today. The tools have helped to impart an understanding of the slow unwinding and sometimes radical descent into freedom, a freedom devoid of past or future, fear or desire.

Carol Bradbury 2006


Pylon - Oil on Panel - 24"x24" - $2400
Comments

Shaun Taylor
2013-12-08 05:58:03
Very nice work. www.abelha.co is looking for professional artists. The website has a contact form if interested.
Leah Sparks
2009-02-18 16:26:43
I love looking at abstract and the different colors and shapes that transform. You are very blessed with your gift. I really enjoy your work.
Aruna Nair
2007-10-21 00:43:13
Ijust visited your site. I think your work is GORGEOUS! It really communicates...stirs up som many emotions.I love the way you write too!!
Sandy Bennett
2006-08-30 07:17:58
These are awesome - so rich with layers and textures! Oil on paper you say...I would love to learn about this process.
Anna Prifti
2006-08-07 07:12:40
Hey Carol
I love your work.I wonder where do you get the idea and inspiration from? Anna Prifti
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