During the pandemic, I developed a magnetic relationship with the moon while meditating. To create Breathing into the Moon paintings I meditate on the moon at night, in daylight while the moon is high above, and on its many transitions—rising and setting, waxing and waning, moving across the sky. The moon offers connections to the history of existence on Earth, to the universe, to cycles of time associated with the feminine, and to a view of nature that expands beyond our experiences of Earth’s surface. This work has been important in that it has simply allowed me to be present with a primal experience of moonlight.
With life and with meditation, breath is essential. Previously, my “breath drawings” focused on tracking time—one mark for each breath, ultimately forming grids. These new “breathing” paintings are a departure from this rigorous mark making. Breath is still integral to the process, but it is no longer literally referenced. The newly evolved meditations bring into focus impressions that emerged when I stopped archiving each breath and shifted the focus to moonlight.
All images copyright Jill O'Bryan