I grew up on Vancouver Island BC within an aboriginal community. All around me images of native archetypes and I heard about the way of the Spirit of the Great Mother from ancient aboriginal stories and yet I had no idea she actually existed…
It all began just after I gave birth to my daughter when I began painting. The odd thing was my brush would only paint a head-less, naked women, over and over again. Each time I tried to paint something different a feeling of “wrongness” would overcome me and as I returned to painting “her” I would feel “right” again.
It wasn’t until years later, in meditation, after meeting with the Great Spirit of the Divine Feminine, that I understood her. Her headless body represented the body intelligence which taught through feeling.
The ego-mind is represented by the human head which is why my Divine Feminine are generally headless. She is the all-knowing entity who rules the cosmos with love. “She” is the emotional intelligence which exists within all things and guides all life from within. Her essence is the leader through life.
No one is without her essence, yet few intimately realize her. To know her is to know that the human body mimics her universal body. And that within her universal body her essence is love – receptive inward moving vibration. Her time has come as we (all sentient things) begin to feel and know her both within and outside of ourselves. Every time I paint her my admiration increasingly grows for her receptive, soft and invisible ways…the way of love.
Artist Kel Rae is a professional artist born in Vancouver and raised on Vancouver Island. At seventeen Kel Rae left home to live in the NW Territories among Inuit and became interested in the archetypes behind their animist principles. During her youth she spent a majority of time travelling the world and viewing cultural art as she sought to unravel mythic imagination.
In the nineties Kel Rae settled in California where she gave birth to a daughter. Shortly after she attended the International Design Institute of San Diego. Following graduation Kel Rae left the United States to live abroad and on returning to the US she enrolled at Losina Fine Arts Academy in San Diego where she majored in painting, and simultaneously became acquainted with the work of Marjja Gimbutas. Then the Spirit of the Divine Feminine began to emerge through her during the activity of painting.
In her quest to understand more about the Great Spirit and the nature of existence, she left the west coast for Spain deeply contemplating Divinity on the Island of Mallorca. After returning to Vancouver for a short duration, Kel Rae made the decision to leave worldly existence to meditate in the Mexican desert to intimately know the way of the Great Feminine Spirit.