This free solo exhibition is the first time the artist is showing the "Sacred Nude" series in its totality. The artist has invited professionals in art psychotherapy, life drawing and expressive arts to create workshops each Saturday for the public. The hope is to encourage mindfulness and creativity through centering activities with the artworks complimenting the workshops and vice versa.
Ballantyne’s recent series of eleven mixed-media drawings called "Sacred Nude" combine the idea of the classical western nude with an uncanny twist: a distortion and doubling of bodies alongside Sacred Geometry, specifically the Flower of Life. The Flower of Life has been a significant symbol throughout history and one that is found in ancient sites all over the world. It has inspired great minds like Leonardo da Vinci and is said to contain within it, the knowledge of the entire universe.
After participating in a meditation workshop, Ballantyne was inspired by a meditative experience, which left her feeling elated and peaceful. The said meditation practice, based on neuroscience and on changing the brain to change habits of thought, was what inspired her to create a series of artwork that would serve as a reminder of that powerful experience: "Sacred Nude".
The free exhibition of eleven mixed-media drawings (59.4 x 84.2cm) will take place alongside workshops every Saturday, designed to stimulate the spiritual and artistic essence found within every body. The exhibition will be curated by Maimuna Adam and hosted by Retreat Yoga Studio, London. Workshops will be given by esteemed professionals in Art Therapy (guided by Eden O Shoro) Dynamic Life Drawing (guided by Niel Venter) and Expressive Movement (guided by Eden O Shoro and other professionals).
Workshops are £5 and there are limited spaces available, please book online at : www.retreatyogastudio.co.uk