24" x 36"
© Krista Augius
Illuminata is an oil painting that depicts illumination and transcendence from looking into the light. From the striking realization of the moment of enlightenment, the female figure’s sense of self, encompassed in the body, mind and spirit is brought into the light. The woman is a figure taken from lithuanian mythology of the goddess of the sea who lived in an amber castle. Her headpiece is of a fish’s head from made of amber. Surfacing from the ocean, she finds herself in a moment of transformation while looking towards an intense light. The symbolism found in the painting is that of a serpent, the symbol of life and vitality, spearing her body from her head/mind. Above her head hovers a sacred geometry symbol of the infinite spiral, triangle and circle symbolizing a portal to another dimension. Above the geometrical symbol floats the spirit alongside the symbol of the peregrine falcon that in this case offers the viewer a symbol of strength and freedom from the transformation. The elements of light, water, earth and fire are also present in the painting.
The oil painting is completed with the Mische technique. The Mische technique originated in the 1500’s. It is known for its series of transparent glazes and highlights to emphasize light and dimension.