In All She Soars
I started focusing on myself more. I started applying my energy towards getting to know myself – not as I had been, not as I was envisioning myself to be, but as I was at that moment.
Truthfully I never really understood the concept of what it means to be a woman, I don’t know that I do now. But I do know that my own self-concept evolves.
Celeste Hutchings, In All She Soars: the love streams down the river bank of her touch, 2022, Written Collage, Fine Art Print on Matte Archival Photo Paper, 13" x 19”– 33cm x 48cm, Toronto, Canada
I composed this written collage, “the love streams down the river bank of her touch”, to acknowledge myself.
I was focusing on the sensuality and sensation of being; through sight, touch, emotion and sound, as a means of appreciating my presence. I was celebrating the satisfaction of welcoming the changes we embody at different stages of life. I was documenting the subconscious beliefs that were altered in order to see myself anew.
As I painted “In All She Soars” I noticed the colours I was attracted to had changed.
Celeste Hutchings, In All She Soars, 2022, Abstract Painting, Acrylic & Collage on Canvas, 30" x 40"– 76cm x 101cm, Toronto, Canada
Oranges representing sensuality, joy and delight became prominent in my life. Forest Green came into my consciousness as an energetic expression of calm and grounding unconditional love. Turquoise representing creativity, authenticity and self-expression showed up as well.
There was a newfound sense of structure in my fluidity. I had returned to live in Canada and all I felt drawn to was creating a studio and painting. I let that be my truth and pursued it rather than overthinking it.
I think oftentimes, as a result of getting to know life, we learn to censor ourselves. Luckily not everyone does but a lot of people do. That’s ok, usually if that is something that has been taken on as a behaviour it has been for good reason at some point.
That being said; when you discover that self-erasure is limiting you, when you choose to see how much more satisfying life can be by seeing yourself and being yourself – please have the courage to let that shift of awareness guide you.
I took my self-portrait “I love being her. I love seeing her. I love speaking to her” with this exact shift in my awareness in mind.
Celeste Hutchings, In All She Soars: I love being her. I love seeing her. I love speaking her, 2022, Self-Portrait, Fine Art Print on Matte Archival Photo Paper, 13" x 19”– 33cm x 48cm, Toronto, Canada
I found myself timid yet convinced of a newfound love for myself. Believing quite strongly that my gentleness is fierce, that my presence speaks volumes and that my art is timeless.
I wore a blue beaded and swirling top to symbolise a physical embodiment of structured fluidity, echoing my work. I wore Moon Stone earrings to connect with inner clarity, cyclical change and my creative energy. My lips are a copper earthy orange to denote an intent in speaking with joy and delight by embracing my sensuality as it is.
In All She Soars is a series devoted to celebrating self-acknowledgement, self-appreciation, self-awareness and presence.