Thaneeya McArdle is an internationally-collected contemporary artist who works in a variety of styles, ranging from abstraction to photorealism. This blog features each piece of newly created and freshly finished art.
The theme of this highly charged drawing is the mythic concept of life, growth, and abundance. A leafy tree is populated with a plethora of intricately decorated eyes, which represent a multitude of beings, souls, energies. The roots of the tree wind fluidly into the earth, embracing the energy within. This drawing is incredibly detailed; you can see close-ups below. My abstract artwork is very process-oriented and carries a spiritual meaning related to the mystery of existence and a reverence for the unfolding process of life. The designs in this drawing arose spontaneously in a stream-of-consciousness manner. While working on drawings that are this detailed, I become so immersed in the work that drawing the images becomes a meditative process through which I strive to achieve balance amidst chaos (similar to the concept of mushin). The colors and designs arise spontaneously and reflect my interest in tribal and aboriginal art, specifically in the act of storytelling through nonrepresentational means. My abstract art is also heavily inspired by my world travels, particularly my visits to remote tribal villages in the Kutch region of India, as well as my visits to temples and roadside shrines in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal.