Ciel Bergman: Archives Uncovered: Antidotes (Article #2) / by Tasha Ostrander & Ben Lincoln

Ciel Bergman, "Antidote #33", 24"x18", Mixed media on architectural mylar, 2003

Ciel Bergman, "Antidote #33", 24"x18", Mixed media on architectural mylar, 2003

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Second in the Archives Uncovered series: Antidotes - a body of work on architectural mylar spanning thirteen years between 1991 and 2004. Within the series, Bergman also works on canvas in both a small and large scale.

In her own words, Bergman describes her inspiration for the series:

Buddhism teaches that our 'ordering' of the world is predicated on internalizing our subjective experiences. Very simply stated, we mature spiritually, during the course of a lifetime, navigating between the very powerful poles of attraction and aversion. That which we desire or reject becomes therefore the source of our pendulum of suffering.

For the artist, like the practitioner of Buddhism and like the alchemist, the task is to turn LEAD into GOLD. This, psychologically, transforms dark negative emotions, projected, scapegoated judgements of sex and other, into compassionate, loving understanding and sensitivity to the suffering of all sentient beings. Elevated consciousness. An ANTIDOTE is a substance that prevents or counteracts injurious or unwanted effects. Once can find antidotes to poison, anxiety, sadness or even a and day.

These ANTIDOTE drawings on architectural mylar began in the early 1990’s. They began like THE LINENS minimally and have continued over the decades increasingly becoming more complex visual excavations meandering through science, art, philosophy, aesthetics, politics of the major theologies, their similarities and divergent faiths.  

These drawings are a result of my very sincere search to try to understand what is the original wound to the human tribe? To the Social Polis? The common theological thread seems to be the superiority of Homo sapiens over all aspects of Nature, most particularly men over women and children, engaging competition, exploitation, and repression of beauty for economic practicality. These ancient traditions raise very deep, interesting questions as to the  unsustainabilityof old paradigms as we face the unknown and certainly increasing effects of climate change. How do we awaken ourselves from the dangerous illusion we continue to pursue: man AGAINST nature and relearn to be one of several species INSIDE NATURE respectfully, gratefully and collaboratively on a Divine Planet? Self-Discovery or Self-Destruction? Big Alchemy?

-Ciel Bergman

Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016