Anna Fox Ryan
I have researched relationships and power dynamics through my art for over a decade.
I'm an oil painter and a researcher. I've explored fields of psychology, spirituality & consciousness development, energy medicine (Peruvian and Eastern), communication and emotional intelligence. An intrinsic part of my exploration is the creation of paintings. Like 65% of the population, I'm a visual learner. My images visualize my findings to support in depth comprehension and guidance for the next course of examination.
My work is intended as a personal tool for myself and my viewers. Whether it brings joy, curiosity, connection or something a little different my hope is that viewers will take the opportunity to notice the impact they experience with these images, owning how they respond in relationship with the image and perhaps how they change as a result of the interaction.
While my work is ongoing, I'm now sharing it more openly. Below is a visual timeline of my exploration to date with my central focus on man's connection and separation with Self, relationships and the environment.
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Source of Disconnection
Focus: Separation from Nature
Primary Impact: Biological, Cultural & Economic
Secondary Impact: Ancestral, Individual, Descendants
The source of separation imbalances in relationship stems from separation from the natural earth.
Throughout history man kind separated from nature with the development of civilization, industry and technology progressed. This separation results in an experience of abandonment and disconnection that positions the psyche and emotional body at the survival level operating on a belief of scarcity, that it's either you or me, only one can survive.
As a result we have devastation to landscapes and disease in our bodies.
This reflects the separation between mind and Body. Such separation is motivated by an egoic desire to dominate and control. Similar to the tendency to control the body with the mind instead of listening and serving, we are also seeking to control the land instead of listening, syncing, and serving.
Cultural Expression of Disconnection
Focus: Acts of War. Separation from Relationship (as modeled by American politics)
Primary Impact: Cultural & Governmental
Secondary impact: Community, Ancestral/Familial, Individual & biological
After observing American presidential election campaigns I documented the competition and aggression between parties. The behavior I observed focused on blaming, competition, denial, and the seeking of power and control instead of service. This reflects a separation based behavior at a global level. The belief here identifying that which is dissimilar as threatening instead of complementary.
Separation based relationships create a survivalist motivation: you vs. me, only one can win/survive, survival or the fittest, etc.. Aggression and manipulation become primary tactics because, at this level, trust is no longer available. War and strategy are employed.
Default Energetics of Being. (Illuminated Portraiture)
Focus: Reconnecting to Self, Electromagnetic Field and High Power
emphasis on indigenous and eastern practices regarding the energy body and earth/cosmos connections
Primary Impact: Individual Body, Mind, & Spirit
Secondary Impact: Familial
This series of portraits includes impressions of the Electromagnetic Energy Field surrounding the human form. Studies show that this field varies in size, strength and color depending on one's vitality. It contains the details of a person's past, present and future. These images create a visual for individuals to connect with as they develop a relationship with their energy body.
Unconscious Connection in External Relationships
Tracking energy of relationships without physical form.
Focus: Interpersonal interactions. Seeking connection through separateness
Primary Impact: Personal
Secondary impact: immediate relationships and environments
This series examines the power struggles present in common familial and social relationships; those considered acceptable, subtle, or normal that produce tension, hierarchy and manipulation.
Conscious Connection with Internal Relationships
(Spirit & Archetype)
Focus: Finding source energy in archetype. Internal and external
Primary Impact: Personal. Collective.
Secondary impact: immediate relationships and environments, collective relationships and environments.
This series charts the discovery of my core relationships with archetypes or aspects of the Self. Acknowledging and giving voice to the many that make up the whole.
Universal Connection in Relationship to the Whole
(Archetype of Creation)
Focus: Universal/archetypal connection and movement
Primary Impact: Individual and collective
Secondary Impact: immediate relationships and environments, unconscious observers.
Removing the details of my personal story and physicality, the energy flow of creation follows a universal map. This series explores the flow of creation through abstracted narrative.
More about Anna
For over 10 years my paintings and drawings have examined the pathways of connection and separation relationships.
For over 20 years I have been working with University of Virginia graduate psychology department to assess the development, influences and impacts of my personal relationships.
For over 30 years as an autodidact I have studied psychology, secular spiritual and religious practices, indigenous medicine and even a little biology and physics.
Today in addition to painting, I guide individuals and groups in connecting more deeply with their creativity in the arts and in life. Through classes, speaking engagements and individual coaching I support people in creating intentional change and sustainable progress in their chosen aspect of life or artistry.