Christine Alfery

Posted on June 13 2022


Featured image: Circle of Life

Circles appeared in my work for as long as I can remember being serious about art, myself and my life and how I live it. I visualize the circle in many ways, open, concentric and open, lopsided, fat and skinny.

The circle has symbolism attached to it from online websites:

“The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, God ('God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere' (Hermes Trismegistus).”

“A circle represents evolution as a process of transformation from death to birth, ending, and beginning, as a circle has no beginning and no end. In this sense, a circle represents eternity. In many customs and spiritual beliefs, a circle represents the Divine life-force or Spirit that keeps our reality in motion. It is symbolic of vitality, wholeness, completion, and perfection. “

For me, circles contain energy and are the heart of all things, the beginning and the self. If the circle is concentric with or without breaks within the circles themselves, the outer circles represent my friends and connections. I think of my life this way – as a radiating circle.

Today the sun is gloriously shining on my face. The trees in the woods are budding and the sky is blue and vast. The circle of life is beautiful today. 
I am linking the image I painted in about 1990 called the Circle of Life.

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