About Louisa's Art
Her art has been exhibited in nine solo and forty group exhibitions since 1990.
“Art transports us, the Seers, into an alchemical crucible, where the base matter of our souls (Prima Materia), is gathered and melted down. It is here where some process of dissolving and transformation is initiated. The architecture of the exterior landscape and the interior landscape is appropriated through colour, texture and then formed into a vessel of change”.
As a voracious reader and explorer of ideas, she has found it appropriate to use a wide range of expressive media: pen and ink drawings on rice paper, line and aquatint etchings, monotypes, collages, pastels, mixed media, conceptual art, texture art, mandala drawing, and environmental installations.
“I live on a Karoo farm, on the periphery of life with a wonderful husband, my children and a pack of dogs. I live in a space where light and the experience of time, are central features of daily existence.
I have the privilege in my work as a psychologist, to share many interior spaces with others.
I love drawing faces as maps of experience;
patterns as the settings of archetypal existence;
words in images;
mandalas as blueprints of infinity;
conceptual art (installations) as a reflective tool of situated consciousness.”
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 realization 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 a 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 verbalize 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 crystallization 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 crystallized into the multi-dimensional and multi-faceted forms of conscious and unconscious life.