Artist statement for Tania Crossingham
My Intent as an Artist is to use Universal symbolism and Sacred words to create images that speak to people on a soul level.
As a young person, my love of books, art, medieval history, all things miniature and a deep connection to the Divine naturally led me to the exquisite manuscripts produced during the Medieval era. “While researching an assignment at Art College, I stumbled across a large book on medieval illuminations. As I opened it up, the images took my breath away, and I felt a connection with the past open up for me. I borrowed the book, bought myself some calligraphy pens and gold leaf then launched into copying a manuscript from the book. This artform just flowed from me like I had been doing it all my life. It was the most natural thing in the world.” I soon began selling work at local markets and medieval festivals, and have been invited to exhibit my work at many venues in South East Queensland including the Queensland Museum and the State Library and I was Artist in Residence at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. My illuminations have been sent to The Head of the Marist Brothers in Rome, and been presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
For several years I taught Art and History to High School students in Brisbane. I then left teaching to pursue a solo art career. During that time I taught many adult classes and courses on Medieval Illumination through the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Currently, I am running Illumination classes on Tamborine Mountain.
In 2000 I began exploring spirituality, and a whole new world opened up for me. Images began pouring into my head, and I realized that my art had a higher purpose. I started producing more contemporary images that chronicled the spiritual path I now walked. Pencil sketching, then digital art were my means of expression. I joined an Order of Mystics and studied with them for seven years, then joined a Mystery School studying under the Masters, all the while gaining knowledge and wisdom through my life experiences.
After a break of about eight years, I have come back to illumination with a new passion, and a growing understanding of the important part that it still plays in our modern world. All energy works in a spiral, and I have come full circle back to this art form, with a higher level of understanding. I see it as an energetic bridge that links the past and the future. ‘Sacredness’ is something that has become rare in today’s world, and is a necessary ingredient in creating a future world where people understand the true nature of themselves. I am not speaking of religion, but the development of a relationship with self that allows you to understand that you are far more than you think you are. I believe that this sacred art can speak to people at a soul level, and allow the Divine Light within them to make its presence felt.
Art then for me, becomes the outer manifestation my inner journey. I understand it to be ‘Light interpenetrating matter;’ a small part of the Divine Plan in action. I believe that art has a responsibility to encourage people to view the world and themselves in a new way. My art is a way to share my understanding of Life with the world, and use it as a means to understand who I Am at a deeper level. It is a continual process for me then, to understand the significance of what I am producing and see how it can affect the lives of those who view and buy my art.
My work can be viewed at www.tania-crossingham.com.au
You can also find me on pinterest and etsy
I can be contacted on email@example.com