There's beauty in imperfections.
Do we have a soul?
Having researched this particular question, it became clear, via numerous surveys, polls and questionnaires, that athough a majority of people (60-70%) believe in a soul, there are a portion who are not sure or disagree.
The purpose of this blog is not to prove or disprove the concept of the soul, but to follow my own beliefs. It's about what makes sense to me.
My interest in the spiritual aspect of life came about when I was a child, for I had severe asthma and would have died numerous times had it not been for medical intervention and the small 'magical' device called an inhaler. I was allergic to a multitude of things as a child; fur (so all animals), dust, smoke, grass, hay, oranges and milk (and all milk products). As an adult I later came to realise I was allergic to red wine as well. Being out in the cold would also bring on an attack, as well as exercise and bouts of laughter. But like everyone else who suffers from such a condition, I learnt to live with it,
However, it had me question many things about life and why I had asthma. There were times that I would see angels in my dreams who said I could go with them if I wanted to. I remember desperately wanting to fly away with them, but torn about leaving my family, only to wake up abruptly, suffocating. Throwing something against the wall, alerted my mother to my phlight and she would come to my rescue, time and time again.
Although we weren't a religious family, a ton of experiences led me to believe in angels, a higher being and the power of the imagination without having been taught anything about them. It was an inner knowing from a very young age.
One such event included visiting the Denise Lynn's workshop at London's Body, Mind and Spirit festival. It was a past life workshop and designed to take us a particular lifetime that resulted in an infliction that we suffered from in this lifetime. I had an experience of being a peasant man in Medieval France who was beheaded for stealing an apple. Pretty intense and incredibly real. The anger consumed me for days.
The doctors had told me I would suffer with asthma for my entire life, yet it is hardly worth mentioning now, for I can go days without taking my inhaler. Another noticeable factor was my allergies decreasing also. There is something very real about past life healing and being able to release a particular emotion that we may've carried through into this life that continue to haunts us and cause these mysterious inflictions.
So here I am as an artist desiring to bring something that is invisible to the naked eye to attempt to give it a 3-dimensional form.
Although I'm pleased with the sculpture, I don't believe it gives the soul much justice to be honest, but it was a rather ambitious project which I found challenging and had me questioning my ideas all the time. An extremely talented wire artist called Derek Kinzette actually inspired this piece and if you do not know him I suggest you visit his fabulous Instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/derekkinzettwiresculptures/ The moment I saw his work, it took my breath away.
I'm new to making videos so was pleased when I finally finish this aspect of the piece. Please click on the following link to see the completed video (lasts for only 54 seconds).
I would be most grateful for any input, questions, personal stories, your beliefs regarding the soul or anything else you might want to share with me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog!
Helen O x
Author & Artist
I've always been interested in writing and art, however, over the years life got in the way of these beautiful pastimes. Having recently completed a Master's in Fine Art at the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) I have reconnected with a passion, which I wish to continue with, since it fulfils a missing part of me. If people can gain some enjoyment through my work, than I am truly grateful.