Adelaide’s Visual Art pieces have depth that seeps beyond the layers of paint and thick canvas. Below are poems, art descriptions, and thought processes that describe Adelaide’s intention behind specific Art Pieces (Latest art pieces at the top). Enjoy a poetic yet autobiographical peak of Adelaide and her creations!
Union of Opposites
You are the sun, I am the moon
Open your mind its time
Yes little baby, this day is for you
Up above, the Mind has perspective and looks over the beating heart and burning fire.
My heart flies free like a bird
The Mystic Muse lives in between the world of Floating imagination and Concrete Creation
The inspiration for this piece was a collection of multiple ideas that formed as a representation of a small chapter of my life. Driving down the highway a while back, I imagined what it would be like to have trees take over and smash down buildings. That image played a big role in this post apocalyptic art piece. It came to fruition during a time when I was working on a video project in which I painted my face
To Adelaide the Unicorn horn is an extension of the third eye, and represents vision. Like most of her pieces, this women represents an aspect of Adelaide. She is a visionary leader and seeker of universal truths. She sees through her third eye, that opens up through the spiraling energy of that chakra until it reaches its point. The background is full of energetic motion and patterns full of eyes and violet colors. What she represents is extremely powerful, for if you can see it, you can create it!
The Lucid Dreamer
Visionary artist Adelaide Marcus created this acrylic Painting as a way of expressing the Dream state. Titled, The Lucid Dreamer, the piece depicts a women half way in between waking and dreaming. She plays with ideas of myth and imagination. The painting represents a state where the air thickens and separation dissolves. A place wear fish swarm the sky, women are landscapes and swans live in the heart. She is peacefully asleep yest awake inside. she is a lucid dreamer.
As we weave our stories & create patterns of life,
Following the footsteps of our ancestors, we begin to channel,
By far the Largest piece I had painted, this creation marked a turning point in my career. Yes, more space, more color, more expression! Titled In Harmony, this piece was created for a couple, 2 musician friends of mine. Each of them working on the chakras, I felt inclined to add in the sacred symbols, and for the 1st time used a reference. The crown chakra however have no symbol but is shown as a hole in the top of the head letting in the cosmic universe and higher intelligence into the body. The male is very faint in color, giving the illusion that he is nearly evaporated into the space. you can see thru him. the women side it thicker paint and solid line to show grounded earth qualities. Together there is a human balance or should i say harmony. even the idea that one is fully male and the other is fully female is not applicable to this piece of art. like all of us they are both. the share the chakras and are rooted in support and honor. the blue thereout chakra represents communication and voice, because she is a sing this was a prominent image for me. The green heart shikaree is located where her breast is and is close to being a center of the piece The 2nd sexual chakra is also
The Divine Matrix
At this point in my evolving art career, doing commissions for friends had given me the confidence to take that extra leap and devote even more of my time to visual art. Beyond adding intrinsic value to my work, this pushed me early on to expand my style and technique, creating images that I may have never produced on my own. Furthermore, it is a very personal offering for friends I care about deeply. This acrylic painting belongs to a fascinating couple, Aaron and Susanne Dressin.
Growing with the Flow
The overall intent behind this creation can be summed up in one word, Healing. Still this is but one word given to me as inspiration to create this commissioned art piece titled Growing with the Flow. He indeed is growing with the flow, yet connected and grounded by roots wrapping around him and sprouting out thru his third eye, representing New Vision and Transformation. This man is
The Cycle of Thought and Creation
Though at first glance this piece may look just bizarre to some, there is a lot of meaning behind it’s flow. It is one of the very few pieces that embodies a more masculine character in my art. His beard is the sun and the night is on his head. He has dread locks and each “dread” represents something different including one of my snakes, a healing symbol to me, and a paint brush, which symbolizes the growth of creative expression. From his Brain comes an umbilical cord connected to an unborn child. This is where the title emerged. Visually the brain is a link to our thoughts. We humans have thousands of thoughts a day, and with each one we have the potential to give life to a new idea, which is what the baby is representing.
This painting symbolizes a significant transformation. Like most commissioned pieces, the idea stemmed from the client, who in this case was a man looking at my painting as a way to expand his spiritual development. Though I had essentially been asked to portray this man’s life, the more enveloped I became in the creation process, the clearer it became that its symbolism reached far beyond his personal journey. Its story, like many, speaks of a life with a less than perfect past. Darker paints represent a time when the light could not be seen. I refer to light in the sense of positive thought, open expression, and a sense of freedom.
This creation was inspired by my admiration for a new relationship I was embarking on. The man who grabbed a hold of my heart was a healer and practitioner of Chinese medicine. Throughout our bond I developed a deeper passion for Chinese philosophy and the significance of the yin yang symbol. Instead of starting this drawing as a doodle or subconscious flow of thoughts, I began with an outline of the entire piece. As always I used pen, with the idea of erasing wasn’t and option. It began with the heart that incorporates both our faces. My side represents aspects of Yin including the femininity, the moon, coolness and moistness, as shown by the water. His side represents Yang qualities such as masculinity, rootedness, warmth, and the sun.
After working on a very detailed piece for a boyfriend, I really felt the need to do something for myself, something that embodied my aspirations. Naturally that became the tile of the piece. Its symbolism is by no means hidden, its implication is spelled out in evocative words. These include Breath, Open heart, Mindfulness, Art, Connection, Love, Freedom, Grounded and Flow. They ride alongside a goddess that embodies all these qualities in some way. This art piece became more than just a reminder to myself of all that I am, but I have found that it draws in others who also desire a bright reminder of the beauty of their aspirations. All the fine detail shows my commitment to these “goals”, creating it provided a time when I could meditate on what I wanted to attract more of. Just looking at it is a way to open us up and let in all our aspirations.
This piece is simple in design, yet is large in color and concept. I created it at a time when I was experimenting with pen and marker and the pleasure of not being able to erase. Instead of allowing one thing appear to be on top of another, I allowed the lines to intersect, and used those as guidelines of where to change colors. As most of my figures do, this woman represents aspects of me, as I view myself having serpent, bird and cat qualities, sort of like spirit animals. Still, beyond my peculiar self portrait aspects, the image as a whole has a wider message. This mermaid is emerging from toxic waste water dripping from the city above. The pollution also rises upward as shown by the face with horns (sort of like the contamination in Fern Gully). As the figure sits there
As the title suggests, this was a collaborative piece created by Ruben, my high school boyfriend, and I. We used to always share work. He was very line-oriented focusing on outlines, where I loved color, swirls and random design work. Completing his work was like having a psychedelic coloring book for adults. I particularly like this piece because we created it 800 miles apart. He mailed it to me in San Diego, CA, where I was going to college and he was still in El Paso, Texas. To me the figure is sort of like a Hindu god with many arms. Like Shiva, a destructive goddess, this being is both harmful and benevolent. He holds both aggressive weapons and healing mudras.
In the Hoop
This creation is a perfect example of how my performance art and visual art interact. The piece was encouraged by my relationship with Hoop Dance. Like all my endeavors, hoop dance has lead to many discoveries. When I started to get into trances in the hoop I found a new way to let my thoughts unravel and open my crown chakra to the astral plane. I began to conclude that the movement of the hoop was so therapeutic because it was constantly creating spirals, both inside and outside of me. Thus in this piece almost everything consists of either hoops or spirals, including the galaxy and the planets that spiral around the sun. There is even spirals that make up spirals. Inside the hoops there are intricate designs and even a fun gesture who to me symbolizes all the magic that happens in the hoop. This piece is titled, In The Hoop for that is where the inspiration truly came from.
As I became more interested in spirituality, the chakras and kundalini energy my performances, belly dance classes and artwork began to reflect this. This piece is called Shakti, a Sanskrit word meaning sacred force or empowerment. In Hinduism it represents cosmic energy and dynamic forces that move through the entire universe. It’s personified as divine feminine creative power, as illustrated in my image. Perhaps because I feel that so much of my power comes from my vision, I made the 3rd eye a focal point in the drawing. This is where all the lines branch out.
Spirit Rider really embodies the sensation of freedom. I drew this while traveling in Europe. My spirit felt like I was galloping thru unfamiliar territory. I was enthused by the Art museums I had visited and seeing some of Picasso’s original work. The horse-like animal the woman is riding has strange eyes influence by some of Picasso’s work I had seen earlier that day. It’s sort of swimming through a watery world with bubbles and swirls. This mixes our idea of what the animal may be or weather its even separate from the woman figure. Since this is art after all, it could theoretically be anything! The woman has little detail compared to her surroundings.
This face started off on a long plane ride to Italy and was completed throughout my European journey. During this trip I tended to talk less and take in more, especially on long flights and train rides. I tried to capture this sensation by making the eye a mouth. After seeing Italy for merely a day, I became inspired by the colorful masquerade garments and masks, and decided to make her hair blue. To re-illustrate the idea that I was talking less and taking in more I stitched up her lips. This spun me into adding designs and swirls all over her face. I had originally used a solid marker to fill in her face by creating multiple wide circles. I hadn’t liked the way it was looked until I made this addition. The voodoo-like patterns are what saved the piece for me. I called her Voodoo Child because she was stitched up and full of marks. Like me, she was sort of under some type of spell, in a place where she knew no one and took in everything.
This drawing started on a long airport layover with the idea in mind that I would only use different shades of a color. I used only marker because I like the way it shows overlapping and creates an illusion of texture. As I was drawing I could feel the eyes of a little girl watching me. And I began to feel as though she was creating it with me. After a while she came over to take a closer look. I ended up lending her some supplies and she drew with me for a while until her mother called her back. I called this piece Indigo Child, because that is what I got from this illuminated little girl. Like children the face has large eyes that seem to always be curious about the world around them. I love the innocence and simplicity of it. It’s sort of like I zoomed into a small section of most of my previous drawings. This image really stuck with me and inspired me to do a serious of paintings of female faces and shades of blue.
Out in Space
While there is physically nothing that appears to be non- human about me, often times I feel like an alien. This was especially true at the time that I started this drawing. I was a freshman at SDSU (2005), and it was obvious that I didn’t quite “fit in.” For example, I was the only one in lecture who was drawing extraterrestrial creatures instead of extensive notes. Of course teachers miss-read me at first, that is until they graded my papers. The truth is, I could listen better when I was doing something else. Otherwise I was fidgety, distracted by teacher’s mannerisms, or half asleep. This drawing started on notebook paper, and after making a copy I got to coloring it in to the point I nearly indented every corner. The colors are rich and deep. I nearly ripped a hole in
Welcome to The Circus
This drawing was inspired by a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. Upon returning to San Diego, I couldn’t get the imagery out of my mind. Being in the circus is something that has always intrigued me, though I suppose I have never been too far away from it. I used to joke by saying, ” I tried to run away and join the circus, but then I realized I was already there.” Because I grew up with artist parents and siblings, a circus-like life style was already ingrained. As I grew older I continued to attract more and more beautifully talented “freaks.” However, what divided my life style from those in Cirque du Soleil and other like performance groups, is that most of the performers spend all there time training, and many from an extremely young age.
Home is Where the Heart is
This piece was created at a time when I was redefining my idea of home, after being away from “home” at college for almost a year. It was indented to be a Father’s Day gift and a demonstration of my love. Naturally it’s of my dad and I. He is an artist as well and I see his creation of me much like I see his other works of art. The paintbrush stemming from the tree illustrates this.The roots from the tree turn into veins and hearts to reveal how he grounds me thru his love. Each of our hearts contains a home inside. His is radiant, balanced and large like the house I grew up in and spent many days and nights. The Star of David represents his side of the family who are Jewish. My heart though smaller in size is also radiating and despite the fact that a small dorm room felt far from home, this piece reminds me that home is where the heart it.
I consider this type of art to be a visual representation of my stream of consciousness. This was the type of stuff I would do randomly on pieces of paper while on the phone. This one I work on it in my lectures and would continuously pull out of my binder throughout the week until the “doodle” filled up the page. It’s a perfect example of effortless thought flow, especially because I only used one marker throughout the entire sheet. I did not even think about the need to change color or even lift the marker away from the page. In it lies many re-occurring icons of my art. Including a question mark, which I suppose comes from my philosophical way of always questioning life. The cacti represent the Dessert of El Paso Texas, where I grew up, while the water and jellyfish show my connection to the ocean. The right corner presents various symbols of peace including the hand, dove and of course peace sign. The bottom left corner involves my 2 snakes, Queztal and Masoko. They are wrapped around 2 women cleverly covering their private parts. The apples nearby bring in the biblical story of Eve, the apple and the evil snake, a tale that often shifts peoples perspectives on snakes. Just as the flow of our stream of consciousness works, one imaged turned into another and the ideas branched out in all directions. This type of art was amazingly therapeutic for me!
This pen and ink drawing was what initiated the rest, and started in my first semester at SDSU after moving from El Paso, TX. This was my first big move and marked a time of rebirth! The center oval shape represents and egg and the female figure inside is me. My hand reaches beyond the shell and turns into a lotus flower, an ancient symbol of the purity of heart and mind. Untouched by impurity, the flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The road that moves through the drawing is the path of my life and illustrates the cross roads at the time. The cactus represent the desert of El Paso, and the buildings represent the city of San Diego, and a much faster speed of life.Up top there is a figure of a man and a woman combined, this is my and my high school lover, Ruben and I.We split because I was leaving. He was an artist as well and the paint splattered into a broken heart describes the way I felt about having left him. The clocks show the way time felt, it was long and even lonely. Of course deep down I always knew that this change was for the best. In retrospect, it did not take long at all before I cracked my shell and fully embraced my rebirth.