Original painting “Touch of the Invisible”, artwork by Chrisantem Machacek, Czech Republic.
Acrylic on canvas 98 × 68 cm, framed in a golden wooden frame, ready to hang.
Technique: Acrylic Painting
Dimensions: 98 X 68 x 1.5 cm
Support: Wooden frame, gold color, ready to hang
Year and place of creation: 2020, San Agustin, Colombia
Edition: UNIQUE WORK
Signature: Work signed by hand in the right bottom corner
About the Artwork “Touch of the Invisible”
I painted this artwork in November 2020 in Colombia during my visit of Amazonan rainforest. Near the town of San Agustin, I attended several Ayahuasca ceremonies with Taita Gonzales. (Taita is a Colombian designation for a traditional healer with Ayahuasca…). Gonzales is a Healer from the Kofani tribe and lives in the northern part of Ecuador.
The painting expresses the “Touch of the Invisible”, what (almost) everyone experiences every time they drink Ayahuasca. Confrontation with the invisible spiritual world… Various stories, characters, not only human, but also animal or plant “ghosts” usually appear in the inner vision…
The middle part of the painting is something like the “Golden Temple”, a place where medicine is administered Yagé (Ayahuasca), a place of healing and deep transformation…
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.