Nerina Lascelles is an accomplished Melbourne Artist who has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. Her paintings are part of private collections in Australia, Singapore, UK, America and Japan.
Nerina’s artistic practice combines the influences of the ancient artwork from Japan, an understanding of Zen Buddhist philosophy and the incredible beauty of the natural world. Her paintings comprise a collection of vintage fabrics, wallpapers and metallic leaf; combined onto the canvas with screen printed patterns, paint and encaustic wax.
Over the past decade, my work has been inspired by the sacred arts of a number of Asian cultures. Be it a painting on a shrine wall, a monk’s calligraphy koan or a beautifully woven kimono, these ancient objects of beauty seem to ‘point to’ the essence of all life. Over time, dust, dirt and decay appear to conceal the treasure beneath - but the essence that inspired the creation originally can never be marred or destroyed with time. Similarly, the understanding of our true essence and connection to ‘the whole’ is sensed deep within ourselves - beneath the layers of mind, emotions and form. This essence is also a beautiful treasure which is always present, just beneath the surface. The paintings are material objects that depict an image which arose from the essence and which, at their highest function, will offer the viewer a window to their own invisible essence within.
“It is clear her works are meant to act as a kind of mandala to aid viewers in entering the meditation process. You focus on the works and are led to a higher spiritual plane – somehow the mist or haze leads you higher up the spectrum of consciousness, beyond religion or rational materialism. You feel like you are living 13th century Zen Master Dogen’s famous essay, “The Time Being”, a treatise on the dimension of time where you immerse yourself in a moment in time, living, breathing and experiencing that very moment when time stands still. All that is left is a yearning, craving for a sense of wholeness or spiritual consummation that you know your hectic life as a whole will never deliver.”
Emilyn Ang, The Business Times, Singapore.