My name is Leopi Lein Nicola Sanderson-Edmunds.
I am a self taught painter.
The passage way series.
My paintings are a form of primitive surrealism, working often with archetypes. The paintings are also, playful, visceral, intense, sensual, pensive and often with some form of subtle humour.
Each painting comes through me almost like a messenger. I feel I am essentially a channel of these wonderful messengers. The beings that come to me, in each of the paintings, are story tellers themselves. The presence and character of each, is truly unique. The beings are always in some form of movement, action, pause of movement, dance, meditation or prayer. I see them engaging with the us as we engage with them.
My work needs to be presented as one large installation piece within a large sacred space. A contemporary place of prayer.
The paintings belong to one another, representing a journey through a life time. They carry us through different experiences of being human, in the form of body, our exhalted body. Each painting is an Archetype. This is a body of work about our one human community.
There is no definition about skin color, or race or timeline or culture. We all belong in each of these bodies and faces. What is important to me, is the timelessness of our story as humans that we share together. Our common story is ancient as it is also modern. it is a continuum. The paintings are holding our dark and bright secret spaces of being in this human experience.
This is a unlimited series an infinite body of work which will continue to grow.
It is my hope that we experience a moment of self reflection as we stand with them. Are they looking at us? while we are looking at them? what do they think of us?
It is also most important to me that we release our shame, of the human body and of his or her genitals. We see here, the body as whole and beautiful and resilient, genitals and all. Our body as sacred. I also want o express through them, the messengers, of how beautiful the make body is too, genitals and all.
The colours are important to me, and began in my imagination, long ago through my vivid childhood dream time, which was always quite a profound vivid color experience. The blues has been with me since then, and the oranges and gold came later.
Both my parents are artists and so, since the beginning of my time on this earth, and all that I can remember, my art school was always at home with my parents and their community of artists that surrounded us. I am grateful for this fortunate beginning.
Drawing and painting was simply what I did all the time. I also always seemed to draw and paint the nude body? even as a very small child. The body has always fascinated me. I also often painted animals, especially cats.
What I have studied and tuned into since a child was what our body~being was capable of? Even beyond dance and movement and being sentient and brilliant? what about, energetically and spiritually?
where does our body connect to this? in both humans and animal beings.
One of my favourite pastimes as a child would be to study the movement and energetic body of animals.
I always wanted to understand the experience of being in an animal body too, ever since I can remember. So I would paint it. Some people have asked me if my paintings are Shamanic. I think I am simply tuning in to some other energetic dimension of being in a body, that is very tangible to me, but that we have forgotten. There is also exploration of shapeshifting. I also see such power in the body~being as a midwife A woman in labor is one fo the most gorgeous and primal things I have ever seen. This inspires me to paint what others cannot see. something we all have, men and women.
I belong to no particular spiritual philosophy but my own.
Visual Arts was always present in my life, because of my father who was a film maker and photographer. Equally creative though, was my mother a modern ballet dancer, who deeply influenced me with movement play, form and creativity. We played dance, movement and theater as a family.
Both my parents were very agile, so my twin sister and I are too. Joy of movement was a very natural way to be together.
My father, did not believe in conventional Art schools for painting at least, although he was a professor of film at the Slade Film School, Harvard and then California Institute of the Arts? in fact, looking back, he discouraged me from going to painting school at all. He wanted me to study asnd study but with myself.
I was always quite talented drawing and painting. He was concerned it would ruin my unique imagination and style and, also ruin my creative Spirit. It certainly took a moment as I grew up, to feel any belonging and confidence to the art scene and also with other painters, since I am self taught.
No matter what, this creative connection and communication from my inner world to my outer world, simply needs to pour out of me. I also am extremely compelled to paint on a large scale.
I have been a Homebirth midwife since 1984. I am also a Ortho-Bionomy practitioner - somatic body therapist/healing hands kind of person. My German grandmother was also a healer and she influenced me, a lot.
The Holistic body-mind- Spirit- connection, is very much what is integrating and weaving in and out of my work as a pinter also. What I see in my hands, I paint on a canvas. When I work with the body in therapy, I see dimension, depth, Color and at times almost brush strokes! I interplay with both at all times. This healing perspective brings me an expression of hope and Love in my paintings. I might even like to imagine that the paintings are a form of healing within themselves to share. They are an offering of healing to the seer.
A reminder of our pure and exalted Self and that we are in truth this or at least potentially.
Cambridge, MA, Hollywood, CA, Big Sur, CA, Santa Fe, NM, New Orleans, LA, Northern California, Bay Area,
European and American citizenship, Father Australian, filmmaker, painter, poet. Mother German, modern ballet dancer Fraternal twin, jeweler, artist.
BA in studio painting and psychology, Art therapy concentration - self taught painter. Ortho-bionomy practitioner, homeopath, Licensed home birth midwife since 1984, New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas and California.
The Passage Way series paintings that represent the Sacred Feminine and the Sacred Masculine.
Painters: Odilon Redon, William Blake, Gustave Moreau, Giotto, Wassily Kandinsky, Leonor Fini, Igor Tarkovsky and Sergei Paradjanov, Russian icons and the Symbolist painters and now Hilma of Klint.
The Passage Way Series
Description: 40 Large figurative paintings each exploring the contrast and vibrancy of the two opposing colors of blues and oranges to gold.
Life size and Larger than life, so that they may relate to us through their body directly to our body, as if we are only a thin membrane of separation apart. We are watching them as they are watching us.
Colors and meaning of:
The Color in the paintings are to harmonize and calm the soul/Spirit. During a difficult time of racism, mysogyny, sexism, war, homelessness, earth and planetary dysfuntion, too much technology and materialism, we slowly forget our humanity and our connectedness to one another, to nature and the other Beings.
the medium is Golden acrylic paint.
Each painting has many layers of color beginning with one solid base of color. Most paintings take about one to three months to complete.
Represents the masculine tone, grandfather, father, son. Humanity.
Water, the Moon and Mercury, the higher mind, the potential mind, philosophy, spirituality, The Hermit, Inner life, Alchemy, silver. fluidity, storms, peace and war. No death. Love and Mercy. Blue is science. honour, protection and integrity.
Represents the feminine tone, Grandmother, mother, daughter.
the Sun, Fire, rich earth, transformation, creation, alchemy too, gold, courage, action, stillness and being, regeneration, energy, nurturing, destroying, birth and death. Love, Compassion, protection.
The orange and blue are the ting/ yang and is the dynamic force that makes everything turn, hum, purr and throb. Unseen but ever present, perfect balance, in each of us and in nature.
Together they grow green.
Hands and Feet are accentuated, representing the importance of them as tools for us to experience life, love and action upon earth.
Rose represents the embodiment of Spirit and earthly Passion, such as ecstasy, tenderness, sensuality, sexuality, deep gratitude, Love, Mercy, desire, vulnerability, surrender and the experience of intimacy with self and others. Passion expands the realm of experience and the experience is always now. Rose comes as a quiet, intoxicating secret force from the warm breath of Life. Our Senses, respiration, heartbeat, heart, inner womb space. Rose is the sensation of touch through the senses of the body and the heart.