Born

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I found an interesting log today with some intricate groove markings on it and made this image. To me, it looks like a womb and looks as if a transition is happening. I can also see a being in the center. The gentle curves and circles remind me of the female body. The fiery of the colors reminds me of the intensity of giving birth.

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A New Kind of Warrior

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This energetic vision stopped me in my tracks the other day.

Here’s the message:

“You don’t have to go far in order to go far.
You don’t have to fight in order to be victorious.
Stop. And the arrows will turn inward. Magnetically drawn to the Heart. Pierced. Found. Let the gifts bleed through the ground. Vulnerability rises to its true state of regal fierceness. Now shine.” – as quoted from a collective of sticks, stones, dried leaves, dirt, a million things unseen, and countless heart centered humans who tune in

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Mythic Throne

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This piece is dear to me because “she” came to me at a time when I was very much in the dark. When I had no idea what I was doing and when I didn’t really understand what “I am”. A time when I was still seeking and looking outward and analyzing my circumstances and conditioning. She unfolded out of the darkness, so clear and distinct. She showed herself like a Hindu goddess with splayed out arms, open to receive and to dance and to uplift.

This photo is a snapshot of tree fungi on a fallen birch tree. One would say that the tree was diseased and made sick by the poisonous fungi and its fallen uprooted fate resulted in dead wood.

What she teaches me, is that, there is no death. “Dead” trees hold energy, for there is continued life that surrounds it. Sickness, poison, disease, and darkness are all around, but when we come face to face with it, when dark meets dark, a transformation occurs through mere recognition. It can’t help but transmute into a form of beauty, just by being seen. Just by being acknowledged.

Darkness is the gift. Death is a transition into the light. The death of darkness. If there is a death.

When I brought this metal print into the woods with me, back to the place where I discovered me through her, all she wanted was to be bathed in the light. To be healed. Over and over. And to *be* luminous.

This is the image that has inspired *all* my images that have come after her, because she somehow shows me what’s possible.

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Artist Bio

Hello, I am another version of you!

I was born in Monterey California but grew up in upstate New York. I studied traditional photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Several years were lived in New York City working as an independent Photo-Illustrator for a variety of magazines. A Photo-Retouching career allows me to now live in the Hudson Valley and work remotely with commercial clients and individuals.

I love to connect with nature and take walks in the woods. I love yin yoga and meditation. I love metaphysics. And I love being able to see and feel the light, even when we are sleeping and we think there is dark. (Oh, I love dreams.)

Please contact me if you are interested in collaboration, art showings, or ordering a print.

Email: mel.kim.issa@gmail.com

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The Symmetry of Unbounded Time

“Enfolded Nature: The Symmetry of Unbounded Time” is a series of images that speaks to the evolution of perception from density to luminosity as being a process of returning to symmetry.

These images all start out as photo snapshots of nature. I go on walks in the woods and take pictures of the surface of rocks, moss covers, or mushrooms on trees. Whatever it is that catches my eye.

The digital pictures are brought into Photoshop where I mirror the frame horizontally, or both horizontally and vertically. If there’s an engaging pattern that emerges, or a figure of a being that wants to emanate, then I start to play with the colors.

The binding compositional element in each piece is symmetry.

So, why symmetry?

Visual symmetry can serve to offer a calm resting place for the mind. It displays a sense of unity, balance and harmony. A feeling of wholeness. In ancient Tibetan, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures the use of mandalas (visual aids that use radiating symmetry) were rendered for the purpose of aligning oneself with the infinite nature of the cosmos.

Symmetry is also talked about in scientific platforms. The author Gevin Giorbran in his book “Everything Forever” has a chapter called “Enfolded Symmetry”. He extracts the work of the late 20th century American physicist, David Bohm, and uses the terminology of symmetry order in contrast to grouping order. Grouping order is the coming together of forms of the physical world. It is the birth of distinctions between “this” and “that”. Our minds are brilliant grouping order machines. Our mind perceives and unfolds what it perceives by categorizing and distinguishing. Symmetry order on the other hand dissolves differences. It is the formless ground, or the underlying whole, in which the physical world unfolds out of and enfolds into.

Absolute or perfect symmetry is described as being pure, vast, empty neutral space. It’s said that if the Big Bang is the ultimate pronunciation of our physical reality in which all the positives and negatives collide, then the evolution of this reality is the settling of these forces back into neutrality. Neutrality is the calming of opposing forces, or perfect symmetry.

The symmetry in these images point to the vast timeless space that enfolds the world. They are not meant to challenge the mind. They are inspired by and perhaps inspired towards, meditation. When we calm the mind and quiet the sense perceptions by closing the eyes, we begin to focus inward on something as automatic as the breath. An ever-present stillness is offered as we become aware of the space that surrounds and holds us. This boundless neutral space embraces/supports/enfolds everything. And yet, this calming is not a stopping place. It is a doorway that leads to a multiplicity of expressions. Of beings. Of other universes that await to greet us.