Awaken (detail) by Elizabeth Ficken. Photo: Andrew Sikorski.


Elizabeth Ficken

The Nook, Belconnen Arts Centre

Opening: 6pm Friday 24 May 2024

Exhibition: 24 May – 7 July 2024

Artist Talk: 2pm 15 June 2024, registrations required

The square embodies the foundations of life. It can also be a manifestation to breathe, get grounded and focus on your Centre. In Buddhism the square is seen as a connection to enlightenment. As the square is the most solid shape, both the mind and physical body must be balanced by the square to maintain enlightenment.

The way we think, feel and act is important to our wellbeing. Our mental health can be isolating to the mind, body and soul. Keeping our body and emotions healthy allows us to be fully present in the moment, and the square form which acts as a mind/body resonates this through the material of dark becoming light.

Dark coils dormant.

Unfurling upwards,

Lighter, floating into strands.

The mind awakens.

About Elizabeth Ficken

Elizabeth is a Canberra-based artist, working in Sculpture. She creates work with a variety of material that relates to the conceived idea. The Environment plays a vital role in Elizabeth’s making process. Observing how living systems adapt, co-exist and survive manifests an awareness to connect more greatly with nature. Today, the rapid movement of life and placement has disconnected, and urban development is on the rise. This has placed a stress on society, but also an understanding of the unique Environment we live in, which is detrimental to our well-being.

Elizabeth has had numerous exhibitions in Canberra and interstate.

Instagram: @elizabethfickenart