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Live Painting Updates

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by threeerincadigan

Hot Breath Magazine Party, Atlantic City, Oct 11, 2011

This was an event I helped put together at the Connoisseur Kulture Glass Blowing Trade Show in Atlantic City, NJ this past Oct. Hot Breath Magazine was releasing their upcoming first issue and was sponsoring an after part on the second day of the trade show. I helped my good friend Melissa Baer put together and art battle between myself and two other artists. The theme was Hot Breath.

live painting by erin cadigan done at Hot Breath Mag party Oct 11, 2011

Hot Breath Magazine Party

hot breath vol. 1 artbattle article

Hot Breath Mag Vol. 1 “Live Paint Off”

Artbattle NYC, Jan 27, 2012

In January, I participated in my second Artbattles event. Thanks to all my fans, family and friends who voted me into the top four of the online competition. That night I battled long time NYC live art scene veterans Danielle Mastrion and Pesu as well as artist Kevin Raggot for a chance to compete in Poland.

Good luck in Poland, Danielle! I know you will kill it!

erin cadigan, kevin raggot, pesu art, danielle mastrion

Battling It Out

visionary art erin cadigan

Words of the Prophets

Words of the Prophets
Erin Cadigan ©artbattle 1/28/12

Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence
—Paul Simon 1964

Love Save Japan, Times Square, NYC, May 5, 2012

Recently I participated in a charity event live in the middle of Times Square NYC! Put together by my friends and fellow artists, Pesu and Mariko Osanai to benefit Love Save Japan . All moneys made during the day from donations while we painted to sold paintings were sent to a childrens rescue in Japan through the Japanese American Lions Club. I only was able to be there half the day. I will be finishing my painting this Saturday June 2 at the Bushwick Five Points Festival. Money will be donated!

Love Save Japan

Love Save Japan

Love Save Japan Artists in Time Square (photo by Power Quevedo)

If interested in purchasing any of the above art or a custom piece please contact Erin

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DESIGN MEANINGS: Awakening

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by threeerincadigan
psychedelic trip, lsd trip, consciousness, awakening your mind

When the Mask Comes Off

 

Psychedelics have been used by societies both ancient and modern. Their use as a tool for tapping into the cosmic consciousness is a global phenomenon. Today their usefulness in the fields of psychological studies are being researched at major institutions including John Hopkins Medical Center and Columbia University. Recorded histories show the use of different mind altering substances in the religious and cultural ceremonies of such influential societies as Hellenistic Greece and Aryan India. Today psychotropic plants still play a part in traditional societies; ayawaska in indigenous South American shamanic rituals and ibogaine in the African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti. In the last century the newly discovered chemical compound lysergic acid diethylamide, otherwise known as LSD,  brought the use of psychedelics into the mainstream and was tied closely to the modern American movement that promoted peace and fought for and won the true freedom of women and African Americans in this country. In the present day people from all races and walks of life are awaking to the possible benefits responsible ingestion of these powerful medicines can bring.

The woman self lactates the mother earth’s milk of psychedelics to the world. When taking psychedelics it rips your consciousness to it’s true core. You are no longer able to keep in place the mask you hold up to the world and you come face to face with your true nature possibly for the first time. For some people who are able to be self aware this has the effect of a conscious awakening, it is a pleasant and enlightening experience. On the left you see the mask come off in this direction, the woman’s third eye is awakening. The Tibetan lotus grows out of the infant skull and the bee, a symbol of Christ consciousness hovers near by.

On the right the tearing of the mask is a painful experience, the woman does not want to face herself and this, I believe, is partly what causes a “bad trip”. The experience, seemingly negative, is not. Out of the infant skull to her right come earth worms which help regenerate our physical bodies into useful matter. A red rose, symbol of true love, grows on a stem of DNA as does the lotus. A spider is a symbol of good luck. Together bees and spiders are immensely important in the functioning of this planet.

For more information on the positive uses and studies of psychedelics please visit Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies

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DESIGN MEANING: Life Death Mandala

Posted in collections, company, Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by threeerincadigan
erin cadigan mandala death skulls drawing

Spiral of Life and Death

Our beginning and our end operate with in the structure of strict universal laws. There is no common occurrence between the two that can be said, as much, to prove us all one people.

In the middle of the mandala is  an abridged version of of the stages of human development. The design works outward in a spiral, starting with the one cell zygote through to the fetus at 23 weeks. Continuing to spiral to the outer ring is the first stage of physical death as the soul leaves the body. Working from an ancient Japanese art form, kusozu, a graphic depiction of the nine stages of death and decay and information from videos about the Body Farm, a government compound where they study the decomposition of bodies left out on the grounds, I came up with five stages of physical death: soul departure, bloating, wasting, consumption by saprotrophs and finally bones.

After physical death comes the journey of the soul. Studying the the belief systems of world wide religions and cultures as well as recorded accounts of near death experiences I tried to the common themes into five stages.

In the first the soul is greeted with feelings of overwhelming peace and love. Symbolically there is often a tunnel or cave as well as a bright light. Next comes the experience of human emotion often categorized as “seeing your life flash before your eyes”. This stage can also involve outside entities that exert these feelings including family members, friends, angels or “guides”. The third stage is the concept of redemption or punishment also known as heaven and hell. For this I used loosely the imagery of Tibetan Buddhist THIRD bardo as it tied into many other belief systems. The spiritual vortexes are hell (fire and ice), the hungry ghost (need and desire), asura ( a place where those needing to exert power over others in life go to learn), animal world (for those souls who have through gluttony have devolved into an unreflective state of animal existence), and heaven (symbolized by a city of light and knowledge). The fourth stage moves us beyond human experience into a place of pure knowledge. This is symbolized by the ancient universal symbol of spiritual intelligence, the serpent. Lastly is the Cosmic, absorption into the presence of God or divine enlightenment, symbolized by the 1000 petal lotus, the all seeing eye of god and the celestial flame.

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