The CoviD-19 crisis has had numerous unexpected consequences. Some of them, fortunately, are positive: my website valerieziehli.art is one of them. I took advantage of these weeks of semi-confinement to finally build it! A very painful torticollis followed during the past 2 months, due to a malposition in front of the computer for so many long hours. Alas, no gain without pain, as the old saying goes! So here it is, like a newborn baby, called to evolve, to be pampered, refined and updated.
I am also inaugurating this blog in order to share my passion for the arts in general: painting, of course, but also writing, sculpture, music and song, dance… I desire to deepen my reflection on creativity, the role of the arts and the artist in this world, the creative process, the link between spirituality and art, as well as giving you advice, sharing technical tips… in summary, tackling all kinds of subjects related to the arts.
For this first article, here is a simple poem that was inspired by the name of my studio. The name was certainly not chosen by chance. When I inaugurated it, shortly after the year 2000 in Morrens, it was a place reserved only for me, where I was able to catch my breath, far from the “soon-to-be-adolescent” triplets that agitated my home, a place of retreat and recharging my batteries, above all, a place of connection with the divine Breath.
Like a breath…
Like a breath, you come
Like a breath, you embrace me
Like a breath, you permeate me, you fill me up
Your Breath I hope, your Breath I long for
Your Breath I invoke, your Breath I wait for
Like a breath, you twirl
Like a breath, you whirl
Like a breath, you transform me, you shape me
Your Breath I await, your Breath I hear
Like a light breeze that revives my song
Your Breath draws me, your Breath stretches me
Your Breath I long, your Breath I inhale
In your Breath, I let myself be immersed
By your Breath, I am quieted
You hug me, you embrace me
You affirm me, confirm me
Sharing Breath, centering Breath
Like a pause in my life,
Recreational pause, creative pause
Will you come along with me on this journey of reflection and discovery which, like the carrier pigeon that I am, might also make some detours through distant lands?
I hope so and, until we meet again in a future blog post, I would like to take you by the hand, to explore and visit the valerieziehli.art website together, hoping that this will enthuse and inspire you...
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Valerie Ziehli is a contemporary artist who works in Sion (Valais), Switzerland.