Bricks Masons introduces the works of Maine artist Katenia Keller, whose large body of work celebrates sacred geometry and chronicles her decade long research into geometric symbolism.
In 2002, a year of major change for me, I received a tarot deck as a gift. I had an immediate response to the visual images and symbolism and have worked with this system daily since that time. This work has become a key to my psychological, philosophical and spiritual unfolding.
In 2004 I became interested in Sacred Geometry which studies the ratios and proportions of natural forms and their reflections in art, architecture and music. I am fascinated by this way of seeing and understanding the forms and patterns of life on this planet. My work as a choreographer, dance educator, and performing artist uses geometry and patterning to move dancers through space and I instinctively understood many of these concepts. During my dance career I had also created full stage paintings and sculptural sets for my work. To create thoughtful and original dance and visual art in the woods of Maine I wove threads from my own life experience with natural patterns, rhythms and cycles, ancient rituals and modern scientific theories. Beauty, the web of the natural world, and the human place in life's balance were examined while maintaining a wide open sense of humor. Through a focus on nature I worked to reconnect to the natural environment and to bring the masculine and feminine forces into balance, within and without.
In 2008 I combined my interests in Tarot, Sacred Geometry and visual art. I began to paint in a serious way and my unconscious began to emerge through the symbolism. Images came in dreams or upon awakening. Some were painted before they were recognized as the representation of a specific aspect/archetype. Others were painted with intention after meditation on my understanding of the traditional meanings of individual cards. The process has been one of deep personal growth, self-awareness, and individuation.
Geometry studies the Whole and its parts. The Tarot studies the Whole and its parts. I continue to learn from the images that have been created through the combination of these two disciplines.
The painting of the 78 original paintings and publication of Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot was a five year project created in a former Knights of Pythias Hall which was my home and studio. During this time I learned that Pythias was a follower of Pythagoras. The paintings were exhibited at my gallery, Square the Circle, in the former Masonic Temple in Belfast, Maine. Lectures, classes on the tarot system and sacred geometry, drawing workshops and readings were also held in the gallery/studio. I have also shown the paintings and spoken about the images at several galleries in midcoast and central Maine, for Pecha Kucha at Colby College, in Brunswick, Maine at the C.G. Jung Center for Studies in Analytical Psychology and at the Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences in Vermont.
From studying the symbols on the interior and exterior of the Belfast Masonic Temple I created new paintings and an installation titled ‘The Act of Becoming; A Tetractys of Masonic Symbolism’. And as I study Masonic thought and symbolism I am learning about the parallels of geometry and personal development at the core of this work.