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Artist Spotlight: P.C. Turczyn
New York artist, P.C. Turczyn began her interest in both art and healing early in life and pursued both practices at different times in her professional journey. With a degree in textile design, Turczyn had a long career designing fabrics and learning precise color mixing and painting on gouache, two things she incorporates into her current work.
During her stint in art school, Turczyn was struck by a car and struggled with a range of symptoms. She explains, "I've worked proactively on every level to regain my health and relate closely to the archetype of the Wounded Healer. I studied Reiki and other healing modalities because I wanted to be able to offer healing to people around me as well as to myself."
Naturally, her two passions came together to combine art and healing into a single practice. "The Infinite Qualities series of floral mandalas came about in answer to two questions: 'How can my work benefit the greatest number of people?' and 'How can visual art support the healing process?' The circular, mandalic format represents integrity, interconnection and perfection. Each mandala convey s a quality essential to wellbeing: hope, vitality, compassion, unconditional love and creativity, among others. The mandalas are floral because initial Evidence Based Design research indicates that nature motifs have the greatest benefit for hospital patients. Sacred Geometry overlays reveal the order and balance found in nature, a source of comfort and inspiration."
This current series, The Infinite Qualities series were created in gouache. Turczyn finds the medium to offer her the brilliant color and variety in opacity that she desires, as well as working smoothly with her designs and painting process. For much of her work, Turczyn enjoys round sables for the details and wide flats for the backgrounds, using fans for blending and bristle brushes for her dry brush effects.
To learn more about how Turczyn began her practice of creating healing art, read the Manhattan Arts International blog on her work: healingpowerofart.blogspot.com To follow Turczyn's process and current events, tune in to her blog: artthatsupportsthehealingprocess.com
You can see more of Turczyn's work in person at the Omega Instititute show "The Quintessence: Three Visions” three person show with Janet Morgan and Alicia Hunsicker at the Ram Dass Library. It will open on April 20 and run through October. Turczyn will also be in a group show “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” opening on May 24th at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.
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