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Some Reflections from Visionary Art Resident – Elisabeth Landgraf 

8 Jul 22
I’ve been spending the last 7/8 years most of the time in solitude, painting, dancing, and working/playing with my dreams.
It’s only in the last year and a half  that I’ve been slowly surfacing from the bubble of my imaginative chaos and started connecting with people to share my profound love for the process of art and creativity as well as my calling to express the imaginative spirit that inhabits me.
From the day at The Salisbury Centre I connected to Chloe and then to Susannah, Alan and Francesco but also to the place itself, particularly the Studio room and the garden. I sensed a really good energy and felt naturally inspired to offer different workshops and share my daily practices.
I’m very grateful to the centre and of course all the people I’ve met through the opening ceremony and the inner dancing as well as the intuitive art painting sessions, I feel profoundly enriched by the connections and the sharing.  
Through the delicate and complex process of international adoption, I lost connections with my motherland, and although I now love France, my country of adoption, growing up there was really difficult and alienating.
I travelled and lived in many different countries in search of myself exploring many avenues and living the existential questions  “who am I ? where do I belong to? Where do we come from, what is my ethno-cultural identity, what does it mean to live creatively and fully, how can my being  impact positively the wider community and the environment etc…?
While these are all an ongoing process, for the duration of the exhibition, I was given the keys to the centre and every time I approached the main door to open, I felt a sense of entering a home, a place where we meet, share, connect, create and most of all a space where we can simply be.
To me, this experience of life is not really about evolving or reaching something or a state but it’s almost the opposite, it’s about going back home, to the ever eluding essence of being, our natural state, our primordial blueprint of the soul for which art and creativity are pivotal to this process.
I came to the Salisbury centre to seemingly hold an art exhibition but it’s turning out to be an experience of going back home temporarily.

 

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