Arts Commons Presents
Sankalpa Centre for Dreams and Visions
Location: Lightbox Studio (Beside the Martha Cohen Theatre)
Dates: March 7, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Artist Reception: Happenings #8 in the theme of Contemporary Craft on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Monday, April 24 from 6pm-9pm
Arts Commons Presents is excited to showcase Calgary artist Chelsea Rushton’s Sankalpa Centre for Dreams and Visions in the Lightbox Studio, running from March 7 to May 28, 2017.
With an MFA in visual art from the University of Calgary and a 500-hour certification as a yoga teacher, Rushton’s work explores through mark-making the information about human bodies and life paths available to practitioners of yoga nidra, or yogic sleep. The work intends to promote sleep, rest, and relaxation as states of receptivity, intelligence, and creativity.
“My work focuses on the intersections of art, ritual, and spirituality, and the ways in which creative process can document and facilitate personal and collective growth and evolution,” says Rushton. “Drawing, painting, and embroidery become contemplative acts through which I transcribe visions of non-physical, numinous phenomena that arise during meditation.”
Chelsea Rushton holds a BFA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Calgary, and 500-hour certification as a yoga teacher. She is the designer and instructor of Art of the Soul: Creative Process as Spiritual Practice, offered at the University of Calgary. Her creative endeavors have been generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the University of Calgary’s Centre for Research in the Fine Arts, and Calgary Arts Development. She shares her time between Calgary, Gabriola Island, and the Bay Area.
Lightbox Studio at Arts Commons is an experimental studio and exhibition space that promotes studio-based projects, running in 2-3 month intervals.