‘Behold the Eye’ by Cielle Graham
Artist: Cielle Graham
Title: ‘Behold the Eye’
Medium: Ink on 200gsm Fabriano Paper
Dimensions: 36” x 30”
Year of Creation: 2018
About the Artwork:
“What are you focusing your attention on? Can you see the eye in the storm, the quiet place at the heart of the commotion where clarity lies and from where you can more steadily express your strength and brilliance, and gratefully receive life’s blessings.
‘Behold the Eye’ is part of an ongoing series of works featuring animals and human elements, though not considering them strictly as animal or human but more as universal life energy that is constantly alive, moving and taking on different forms.
Hands play an important part in my interactions and serve as a connection between the inner and the outer worlds. They touch, feel and through the drawings, communicate what is subtly experienced. They create the work and have also become a subject of it.
As I found myself in closer human relationships, disregarded parts of myself were brought to light and made their way into the drawings.
It is always insightful to see these figures reveal themselves, allowing me to recognize those parts and see where I am at.
This particular piece has come forth at a more grounded time where it is safe to openly receive, display and reveal. To share and connect authentically in community and cultivate greater abundance in more harmonious relationships.
Experiencing more ease and less contraction, less holding back, slowly uncovering the layers.” – Cielle Graham
About the Artist:
Born in 1987 Cielle Graham is a French New Zealand illustrator based in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in the French alps and studied at French animation school EMCA, going into the field with a fascination for movement and animals. Graduating in 2009 and finding animation industry work too constricting, she took her chance at farming, seeking to get closer to the natural rhythms. In 2013, unable to find her peace in the office or in the fields she went for the open road traveling, giving herself time to get back in tune. It’s in this space that in 2015 she discovered a medium that she continues to work with today, creating large scale animal drawings using pen and ink.
Having spent a lot of time outdoors over the years, observing and feeling the obvious connection between all living things but unable to articulate it, she has come to think of her drawings as not featuring humans or animals, but giving form to a kind of energy that is always with us, constantly moving and taking on different shapes. Although not being quite sure for herself what her work is really is about, it deals with that which is observed on the outside and felt within. Creating the drawings has been an outlet to arrive at some kind of closure with these moving emotions.
Her works have been part of group shows in the USA and France.