|Yasmin Sayyed - Statements|
Art holds the potency to render the unseen, visible, the unuttered, voiced, the injured, limitless reparative opportunities. Artists express the character, realities, and potentials of a people, and when unencumbered, it fuses intellect and sacredness in a single brush stroke. As an artist I feel compelled by an inner calling of spirit and character to examine both self and society, to name my lens of perception, my truths, my sensibilities, my awe of beauty and goodness, my outrage against injustice and evil, and to accept agency, and attendant responsibility to express them as visual subjects.
My work is about art as an expression of individual and collective consciousness. It illumines how spirit courses through my blood and psyche to give voice, colour movement, texture, and visual interplay to both the expression of, and invitation to join a sacred dance of life. In states of grace, the images amplify what heals and what harms the struggles and delights of the soul, and give voice to the universal mysteries of spiritual elegance. My paintings speak to the union of like and unalike elements dancing with an awakened, unblinking vision of being in cosmic glee with oneness.
When I met Rassouli a couple of years ago, I knew I had found an old-soul brother whose clarity and joyfulness, determination and luminous capacity to be in the leila (flow) of the mystical presence touched my eyes to see, and my heart to feel, my colours to dance and my sleeping spirit to arouse from mundane preoccupations. Fusion art and Fusionart International has afforded my art and consciousness a gathering place of familiars, in which creativity and spirituality both fuse and commune. To Rassouli and this community I owe a huge artistic debt.
My recent work, here represented, speaks to that awakened, unblinking vision, commingled with the wisdom of walking in Iwa rere: a path guided by one’s internalized divinity.