Art Installation Weesp, Netherlands


In this collaboration, Lorena Fernandez created five paintings for a 5 Rhythms workshop in the Netherlands. The workshop was organized in 2019 by Jup Jansunious (a.k.a. Doctor Dance), Mirjam van Hasselt and Tammy Burstein from New York. Each painting is related to a rhythm and a stage of life: Infancy, childhood, puberty, maturity, and old-age/death. Gabrielle Roth created the 5Rhythms approach to movement in the late 1970s. There are now 5Rhythms teachers worldwide who use her approach in their work. “Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?” ~G. Roth
FLOWING INFANCY. MOTHER. EARTH. BODY. FEAR.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“Childhood is a time in which one discovers personal capability and strength. This often involves a lot of frustration, exploration of physical strength, and also the strength of character and boundaries. This is why it seems very appropriate to have here the fire, the anger, and the heart. It is the child’s right to express those in the face of injustice. It is the masculine part of the self.” Lorena
STACCATO CHILDHOOD. FATHER. FIRE. HEARTH. ANGER.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“Painting about the chaos of puberty reminded me about the growing pains of turning into an adult. It is a time of self-discovery, of falling backward, of tears, and of great strength to keep on living and fixing mistakes and overcoming challenges.” Lorena
CHAOS PUBERTY. SELF. WATER. MIND. SADNESS.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“In this circle of dancers, I included a shaman who was first seen in the caves of Trois Frères in France, dating from 10,000 BCE. The cave painting of ‘The Sorcerer’ is an amalgamation of various animals and a human. Putting her in my painting felt like being linked personally to the beginning of humanity. It lets me feel that we are one and have been one across time.” Lorena
LYRICAL MATURITY. TRIBE. AIR. SOUL. JOY.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on Canvas
“To me, this work is about my own very last days on Earth and after. Once I complete my time here as a human, I will rejoin the larger picture, the universe. So, it is a time to move on to larger things. Dust to stardust.” Lorena
STILLNESS. OLD AGE. DEATH. SPACE. SPIRIT. COMPASSION. REJOINING THE UNIVERSE.
150cmx150cm. Acrylic on canvas

DEMO intuitive expressive arts session

I don’t know what I will paint. The colors and images come from impulses that are not thoughts but bodily sensations. Like when you see a fruit, and you take it and bite it without any thoughts. In that way, I take colors and put them on the canvas. Also, images arise by themselves from my unconscious. Often, my rational mind objects to what shows up. But I am interested in the message that comes from that mysterious part of myself. It is tricky to follow this method because it has a natural evolution that my rational mind tries to block. Often the message doesn’t come until the end of the painting. In this case, it was only after I noticed that the woman’s skin had scales, like a crocodile. Then it all became clear; boundaries are fair and necessary. Watch the video to receive the message. This simple but profound message is not just for me but for anyone who needs it. That is why I share it here. Lorena Fernandez