Who is Louisa ...

Born and based in South Africa, Louisa’s artworks, and poetry overflow with free and spontaneous expression 

in words and images of her experience of the world as an infinite paradox, united in one existence. 

Her poetry and art are textural compositions of touch and feel in multiple voices.

 

In an inexplicable way, the winding path of the “creative fire”, has swept her along, where her life as a Jungian psychologist (D.Phil.), yoga teacher and custodian of all the 

neglected aspects of nature, animals; children, women – became works of art.

 

“My ultimate concern as an artist and poet is to show up in the crucible of change that might encourage humanity to a path of kindness."

 

She has published a few books, including the Riverine Rabbit and Daar is kewers in my ruggraat. She has also written several poetry collections, including Webs of Enchantment, Karoo Pilgrimage; Ek skryf met bloed en bene, and Die Kantoper. 

Many of her poems have been published in International poetry anthologies.

Born in South Africa, she lives in the Karoo, near Prince Albert.

She writes in both Afrikaans and English.

Artist's Statement

 

The process of becoming “human” takes place in a circular movement away and towards the centre of our existence. We create a sacred space for ourselves into which we invite the Self to transform, just like a bird would build a nest for its young to hatch in – an ontological and cosmological reality. In this process of “becoming” human, we form images of how we experience the world from the centre of our bodies, in the hermetic vessel of the mandala (microcosm).

 

Louisa Punt-Fouché, 1992 (D.Phil., Clin Psychology)

 

Since then (quotation above), I have realised that this process of becoming, also implies reconnection with the whole (macrocosm); that is, to make the individual conscious of the illusion of separateness (of an ego-complex) and the release from oppression and narrowness in thinking that we are self-enclosed entities. This realisation leads to unconditional compassion as a natural expression of the solidarity of life, “being”. It also unfolds as an understanding that every individual has a unique opportunity in his/her “becoming” of “being” to become and be a focal point/mirror in which the universe becomes conscious of itself.

 

These processes of becoming and being happen simultaneously in two areas of life: our immediate life world that exists in time and space, which is encompassed in boundless existence where there is no time and space. This understanding can be drawn, written, danced and built in circles informed by universal laws underlying all forms of “play”, which is the basis of interrelatedness.

 

This possibility of circles within circles, enables us to see it in a greater frame of infinite connection that transforms everyday life into deeply significant aspects of cosmic play in which we are the actors and spectators.

 

We are sitting in the audience watching ourselves as actors on the stage where there is a beginning and end.  Can there be any play without rules and a script? Can you play music without understanding the laws of harmony and how to play the instrument? Of course not. Only after the universal and inner laws of music or the archetypal theme in the play on the stage is understood, is there freedom to express exactly what the individual feels. Such an individual expression is not a contradiction to the universal law of the world in which we live.

 

In that sense, the highest art for me, is the bird (in the quotation above) that bursts into song; the artist that overflows with free and spontaneous expression of an overwhelming inner experience. It is not for the sake of reward, acclaim or gain. In Buddhism it is called Lila, which means something like “universal play”. It is something that flows freely from us.

 

This Artist’s statement is an attempt to verbalise my journey as an artist, poet and writer. I salute many fellow artists and writers along the way of this personal pilgrimage, that has informed, moulded and encouraged me. In an inexplicable way “the universal creative fire” has swept me along, as a vehicle of expression where my life as a Jungian psychologist, yoga teacher and custodian for all the neglected aspects of this planet, children, women, animals, nature – became a work of art.

 

For this reason, I am beginning to understand that every individual is a crystallisation of all that is contained in the universe.

Maybe all the forces of the universe are necessary to create one human being or one tree? It makes one wonder if it is not perhaps the highest achievement of the universe to become crystallised into the multi-dimensional and multi-faceted forms of conscious and unconscious life.

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