Artist Statement

My paintings are about the ineffable, the ascent toward numinous where light reigns. I embark on the mysterious voyage toward revelation with a thought, memory, word, embodied in a charged swirl of a multicolored brush.

The discovery process continues with layer upon layer of call and response to the developing image as more associations, thoughts, memories, or patterns are triggered. Elevating, ritualistic non-specific forms emerge. Fascinated, I am driven by emerging clues toward finding the elusive entirety. I am hooked into an experiential dig, an archeology of elemental form analogous to the careful search for images scratched and painted into caves preserved beneath layers of time and history, slowly illuminated for the first time. I am ultimately persuaded that an original life has been conjured when the new form breathes on its own and ceases to ask for attention – when light and shadow have achieved a unique reality that is welcoming, resonant, relevant and healing.

News & Announcements

Recent Presentations –

Gilah Yelin Hirsch presented a keynote address, The Healing Power of Form: Summoning the Unified Field – a Path Toward Healing, at the 25th Silver Anniversary conference of Healing Beyond BordersIlluminating a Path of HealingSeptember 1-4, Omni Interlocken Resort Hotel, Broomfield, Colorado

Art and Healing: Artist as Scientist in a Reflective Universe, visiting faculty presentation in Art and Healing, Summer Course of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, June 7-11, 2021

Recent Exhibition –

Karen Walanka Online Exhibition: The Power of Responsibility/The Responsibility of Power, American Guild of Judaic Art

Recent Publication –

Brush or Pen: 1000 Strokes or a Thousand Words?, International Journal of Healing and Caring, January 2021 issue, Volume 21, No. 1

Save the Date –

Archaeology of Metaphor, Retrospective Exhibition, OCCCA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, October 1-30, 2022


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