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Jane Crisp

The Muse of The Moldavite | Original

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Artist Statement: 

The inter-connectivity of the natural world is what captivates me. I do not paint actual scenes or situations as a photographic camera would capture, rather, I paint an exploration of metaphysical realism from my perspective, as an observer of energy and light, where I attempt to transmute the energy of a situation or experience and invite the light out of the darkness.

I play with portraiture, placing New Zealand’s native birds upon pedestals; I admire their wisdom and integrity through the legends which have been told. The birds in my work become personifications of the soul and my paintings manifest into expressions of the human condition, a reflection of the world that surrounds me and an interpretation of the way through.

Moldavite is a rare and precious green vitreous silica rock formed by a meteorite impact, believed to have crashed into the Bohemian plateau (the modern-day Czech Republic) around 15 million years ago. The meaning of Moldavite is transformation, fortune, and protection.

Moldavite has passed through the hands of our ancestors and archaeologists have found cutting tools alongside Moldavite amulets dating back to 25,000 BC in eastern Europe. It was found in the archaeological site of the Venus of Willendorf, the oldest known Goddess statue. It has also been linked to legends of the Holy Grail, thought to be an Emerald that fell from the sky out of Lucifer’s crown before he was cast from Heaven. 

Moldavite has an intense frequency and is respected for its profound ability to accelerate one’s personal and spiritual evolution making it highly sought after in the metaphysical world, both for its life-altering capabilities and as a catalyst for drawing in light to aid in earth’s healing and evolutionary growth. As Moldavite is earth and stardust infused, it is genuinely a stone of transformation and can bring out some profound changes in those who know how to harness its otherworldly energy.

Some people experience what is called the Moldavite flush when holding it for the first time. Depending on your own energy Moldavite can let off intense warmth which can send a tingling sensation through the body and may lead to a feeling of being light-headed and a shift in energy.

In a physical sense Moldavite can help to illuminate where we are out of balance in our body, it encourages cell rejuvenation and mental clarity.

Connected to the heart chakra it encourages us to open our hearts and to release negative energy, helping to clear out archaic patterns and ideas in order to guide you to a new place where you can thrive, untethering you from traumas you could have been carrying for many years. Moldavite works in harmony with our third eye, strengthening our sense of self-belief, illuminating our own deepest truths, and keeping us equally earthed and rising to new heights, opening ourselves up to new ideas, visions, dreams, and creative practices.

Year: 2022

Dimensions: 450mm (w) x 500mm (h) unframed, 520mm (w) x 620mm (h) framed 

Medium: Golden Open Acrylics on Canvas, framed in a double ornate moulding

Quirky Fox: Art + Framing

 Waikato artist Jane Crisp is inspired by her love of the natural world. Born in Auckland, the largely self taught artist has been painting professionally for over a decade following her first solo show in 2003.

Following a childhood spent drawing, painting and creating whatever she could get her hands on, Jane uncovered a fascination with birds as a pre-teen after noticing a large coffee table book of Ray Harris Ching's work, an artist that continues to inspire her practice.

Drawn to fine detail, and encouraged by her senior art teacher, Jane attended the Auckland University of Technology and completed a year of preliminary courses in Graphic Design. Despite being encouraged to complete the 3 year diploma course, Jane felt the move wasn't right for her and consequently found herself working in the fabric industry. Here Jane worked with exotic fabrics and laces before marrying and starting her family. Throughout this time Jane continued to hone her technique.

Jane predominantly works with Golden Open Acrylics for their ability to be used as oil paints yet they provide a freedom of versatility. They offer their open characteristics to enable Jane to work with the paint and allow for longer drying times, albeit shorter drying times than oils. This helps in applying the techniques of layering, working up to finer details, and glazing. Jane is influenced by the old masters vanitas paintings, not only their techniques, but also their reminders to truly live. Her life work is spiritual and metaphysical, alchemising darkness into light. Understanding philosophically the fundamental nature of the world and what the human experience means. Spiritually, understanding through experience, the development and discovery of the self. Painting these themes has become her voice."