UpsideDown Artwork

 

Kerstin Rao

August Abundance

Colored pencil on paper

18x24

$3000

Kerstin Rao

August Abundance

 

Upside-down I swirled in 2020, upset and uncertain, tumbling through emotional vertigo that ruptured the reliable momentum of my adult life. My once-predictable, once-pragmatic identity cracked open. Day became night became day as sleeplessness stole my sense and steeped me in sorrow. It was time, I realized at last, time to welcome the guides my ego resisted. One guide taught me the simple power of breath. One guide uncovered radiance I’d never seen in myself. One guide held faith in me when I had none. I grew quiet, more quiet, more quiet still, until I heard my soul. “I am here,” my ancient self spoke. “But to know me, you must accept this truth - that you no longer are. And you cannot yet know who you will be.” With this, the ground vanished beneath my well-trodden life. I stepped out into…air. In that air I found pieces of my new path. In that air I found a bristling new energy. In that air swirled all possibilities. Stepping forward, into the air, I lifted my pen, chose my colors, and embarked.

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