Elvira Bee Bantug

On the trail or in river waters, I stop in my tracks
often in mid-step momentarily suspended:
In space. In time.

There in that stillness within, everything breathes as one:
wind, sun, voices in the water, trees…
a-stir
alive

All at once, moving as one, we co-create.
Joyously.
In silence.

Often, a brief verse such as this one which Elvira Bee Bantug wrote after yet another recent intense moment of delightful art creation, encapsulates and expresses the profound awe and overwhelming gratitude she experiences at every turn as creation unfolds from within her outward in front of her very eyes. And ether –that 'mysterious substance once thought to suffuse the universe' as a dictionary puts it– is alive and pregnant. Indeed, ether along with light, are the bountiful medium and matrix that animate and drive her photographic art. She purposefully and deliberately uses her camera as paintbrush: racing after movements of light in the ether, she shapes and, literally, as well as figuratively, paints abstract images aiming to penetrate beyond surface realiti.

And, through all possible ways at the very moment of image creation, she strives to push, blur, and bridge the edges between photography and painting. Without another stroke nor filters added in the darkroom or computer, each image is complete and a vision fulfilled at that very moment.

Offering up more than visual aesthetics, she challenges the viewer to look at her images from varying distances. Or, with inner eyes peeled, to catch glimpses of inter-dimensional forces at play in the common everyday objects and the natural world around that she photographs –each image a tribute and testimony to omnipresence and co-creation. The elusive is-ness made evident . . . ever naturally, entirely un-Photoshopped.

Practicing this art form is an unending joyful journey of exploration and discovery that has become a veritable meditation practice for Elvira Bee; the rewards of which often reveal astounding breakthroughs behind the proverbial veil. Each imagery is a visual presence; a communion with the abundantly rich reality and vital essence rarely accessible, vaguely perceptible, yet that which at each and every moment infinitely surround our busy lives.

Completely self-taught, her work has been jury-selected at different art competitions, exhibitions and auctions the past 4 year since she began sharing her artwork publicly. She was one of 70 international artists jury-selected to exhibit at Artrooms London 2018.

(For Artavita: it will be an honor to add and upload a fuller portfolio under my profile. Please advise if and how this would be possible. Much thanks for your attention and best wishes for continued success!)


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Movement + Stillness: A Co-Creation

On the trail or in river waters, I stop in my tracks
often in mid-step momentarily suspended:
In space. In time.

There in that stillness within, everything breathes as one:
wind, sun, voices in the water, trees…
a-stir
alive

All at once, moving as one, we co-create.
Joyously.
In silence.

Light is Conscious

borne of light:
fleeting
boundless
hints at genesis unfolding:
unseen worlds in a speck of dust
fractal dimensions untold 
hold still this quantum moment