within the circle

moon swirls - jo klima - maps to herself

I’m a little obsessed with triangles, if you didn’t already know that ;) But recently I’ve been drawn to experiment, as part of my crystal project, working in a circular format. Occasionally you do see artworks on a circle canvas or it’s been cropped to a circle shape within a square frame. Does it ever feel a little strange to you when you see that? Most artworks are square or rectangular, but when I see a circle one I always do a double take, there’s just a different energy about them.

The circle is universal, sacred and divine. It’s the shape of the moon, sun, planets and stars. It forms the structure of mandalas, and represents the spiritual realms in sacred geometry. It mirrors our perception as the intricate centre of the human eye. Life is a circle. The circle is infinite.

To me it feels like a portal to another dimension, looking through to another world. Maybe that’s why I’ve been experimenting with them. The crystal project (actual name: pending) feels like my way of looking inside a crystal to discover the spirit within it. Like a little world that has existed for millions of years. What is the energy of each crystal, what does it want to tell me, what can I learn?

circle waves - jo klima - maps to herself

At this point I’m still playing around with materials and textures to feel out which direction I’d like to go with the artwork I create. I’ve begun writing down some little exchanges with some of my crystals I feel the most connected to at the moment including smokey, tibetan and himalayan quartz, amazonite, peacock ore, chrysocolla and aventurine.

What are your favourite crystals right now, and why do you think that is? How do you like to connect with them?

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the crystal project

Fingerprint - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

I’m embarking on a new heART project that for now I am nicknaming ‘the crystal project’, and to describe it briefly it’s a way for me to work more closely with some of the crystals I’m strongly drawn to and to learn more about my own personal experiences with them, and what they have to share with me.

Shortly before beginning this blog in November 2013 was when I first started becoming intrigued by the power and energy of crystals. This was through receiving a crystal healing which I decided to do because I felt like there were many blockages to what I wanted to create and bring into my life. A lot of shifts took place within my chakras and belief systems, and it didn’t take long for new opportunities and experiences to begin to show up for me. I was given a selection of crystals at the end of the session, and so my curiosity (read: obsession) took hold.

A couple of months later I was travelling in New Zealand and I found a wonderful crystal shop just outside of Auckland. Until this point I’d never really been in a place quite like it before. I purchased what is still my most treasured crystal, a small fluorite point. It’s been with me on every adventure since and recently spent a couple of months down in Canberra with my partner as a nice reminder of home. I still pick out a crystal or two on each trip to a new place as a memento, most recently a Charoite and Malachite stone from New York.

Since the visit to NZ and the discovery of an amazing local crystal wholesaler, my collection has grown much larger. Crystals surround me at home and in my studio, they adorn my body, and come with me wherever I go. But I’ve noticed that with having so many more now, I haven’t developed as close of a connection with a large number of them. Foremost, this project is a way for me to do that. But I have also felt drawn to creating art which reflects what I see as the spirit or world within that crystal. So that is what has led me to ‘the crystal project’.

While I haven’t yet begin working on the final artworks just yet, I am experimenting more with different mediums, textures and marks as a way to find some new territory that may find it’s way into this art project. You never know how some colours or mediums will interact with each other until you play with their infinite possibilities. The artwork above, called ‘Fingerprint’, is one such exploration. I’m excited to work more on this passion project and share more of my stories and discoveries with you soon.

Artwork available as a print here.

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