Existential Meditation, or The Infinite Source of Energy
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 50 cm, my last finished painting in 2020
In 2020, I asked myself many times the question: “Why?”
Why right today, now, here, like this … must it be?
Is it possible to cancel it somehow? Is it possible to get out of it while I’m here … And while we’re here, we people …? We’ve taken this multidimensional space party quite a bit far away… Or not?
With these and many other questions and contradictory questions, I went to the Colombian jungle in the fall of 2020. I was looking for honest answers, and maybe incorporated some of them into the paintings. In Colombia, under the influence of Ayahuasca medicine, which there is called “Yagé”, the paintings Touch of the Invisible, Cat Allies, Puerto Asis and Benediction were created. And this last one, which I called “Existential Meditation, or Infinite Source of Energy”.
About the author Chrisantem Macháček
He started with photography at the age of 12, later he turned his passion into the official studies at the Department of Still Photography at the Film and TV School in Prague (FAMU). He regards the photography as a tool for sharing the beauty of “the physical world”. Later he expanded his focus into drawing and painting because he desired to share his inner visions with the public.
There are numerous experiences with “shamanic master plants” (Ayahuasca, Iboga etc.) behind his work. He is using them for the healing of his body and soul because of the profoundly unfortunate experiences he had lived through. If you like to learn more about plant medicines, visit his other project PachamamaHerbs.com (English) or Ladirna.cz (Czech language).
Chrisantem loves to paint in the bigger formats using the acrylic and oil colours
. Each canvas is formed layer by layer, taking many hours to complete. He does a lot of thinking & sketches envisioning the final result.
In the photography
he prefers to use a middle format camera with a black&white film. The time in his dark room where he enlarges the photos on the silver print baryta papers is like a meditation for him.
Chrisantem thinks that the creation of an art is a sacred state of being, completely thoughtless. Only an art, only the creation, only searching, exploring and transforming.