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Untitled Photograph

Anna Sadler, July2012, Digital photograph, Untitled.

Interior Views – Inspection Camera.

Here, I have been capturing interior views of a spider’s web. This has given me a different perspective into the micro-world of an organism – as it exists alongside me and my studio practice. A view from within out into the apparent reality of the external world that I exist within.

Anna Sadler, Inspection Camera View; 16/6/12, still image

Anna Sadler, Inspection Camera View2; 16/6/12, still image

Anna Sadler, Inspection Camera View4: 16/6/12, still image


Photographic Studies – Inner/Outer

Anna Sadler, 15/8/12, Digital Photograph. Untitled 1

Anna Sadler, 15/8/12, Digital Photograph. Untitled 2

Anna Sadler, 15/8/12, Digital Photograph. Untitled 3

Anna Sadler, 15/8/12, Digital Photograph. Untitled 4

Anna Sadler, 15/8/12, Digital Photograph. Untitled 5

Anna Sadler, 15/8/12, Digital Photograph. Untitled 6

Electronic Awakening

‘Untitled Form’, Digital Image. Anna Sadler. Installation View. August 2011. (46.8 x 33.1 in)

I have just come across a ‘work in progress’ documentary that addresses the transcendental experiences that are evident within Electronic Music Culture.

Andrew Johner received a full grant through the online ‘Kickstarter Fund’ – a sign that this research project is valued and inspirational. See link below.

His documentary seeks to analyse the culture’s collective evolution and lift the veil of these mysterious events and rituals to reveal the true nature of this phenomenon and its practitioners.

As I research further into spirituality in relation to the mind, body and creativity – I am drawn to the Electronic Sounds as a way to support and inspire my life and practice. The film explores the relationship between music and consciousness, the metaphysics of mythology, and the spiritual experience of ‘God’ as revealed through the cultural and ritualistic elements of dance. Interestingly, the film quantifies the phenomena of electronic dance music culture as an emerging form of spiritual practice – relating to the collective experience of the sacred.

As I enter into a longer and deeper practice of meditation and creativity this forthcoming week, I shall be interested to review the effects of listening to the pioneering work of Eliane Radique as I seek to explore a place within – through sound, movement, expression, drawing and video.

The epic culmination of the film reveals from an ethnographic standpoint how all of this information coincides with our planet’s alignment in the center of the galaxy on December 21, 2012, and investigates why the Rave Culture is preparing for a massive synchronized party on that date.

For more information, follow the links below:




Eliane Radique – Electronic Music Composer

To listen to Eliane Radique’s piece Kyema; 1998 click on the link below:

Eliane Radique - Electronic Music Composer. b.1932

The work of Eliane Radique is very influential to my arts practice.

Up until a couple of months ago, working in my studio meant working in absolute silence. However, I was recently introduced to the electronic sounds of Eliane Radique and have since opened up my practice to allow these sounds to resonate through me and therefore my work.

Elaine Radique’s work is deeply related to meditation and as a practicing devotee – she makes work that relates to hours of meditation practice and altered states of consciousness. As a visual artist and meditator, I feel it offers me some rare rewards and benefits that I have received and am yet to receive.

Her sounds have been described by ‘Pascal Wyse’ of the Guardian as ‘a tectonic plate of sound that evolves so slowly it seems to move and stay still at the same time’.

It is also interesting to listen to how Eliane Radique describes how she found the ‘tiny little field  of sound and I just dug under its skin’. These words are particularly inspiring to me as I am in search of the ‘other’ – the subtle awareness of the mind in relation to the body and how we can begin to grow from a deeper place that lies below the surface of the skin.

Eliane talks of discovering ‘small cells of sound getting slower and slower, stretched out across time and revealing their microscopic innards’. This description relates closely to my interest in discovering and interpreting the microscopic functions of the kidney as a way of understanding the self from this microscopic scale – the fundamental workings of the body – in relation to the fundamental workings of sound as Eliane describes.

Eliane describes sound as changing state and form – from one to another but also reminds us that this takes time – little by little – subtler and subtler. This slow evolving relates directly to meditation practice and the slow and subtle states of the mind as it evolves and changes with time and practice and deepening with awareness.

Another interesting aspect to Eliane’s practice is her solitary nature of composing; her dedication to Buddhism and its hours of private meditation – I feel I am working more and more towards this practice of awakening through creativity – spending increasingly more hours in solitude in my studio, working in half-light, with the sounds of Eliane being absorbed under my skin and allowing the process and practice of being present to emerge in what I do.

To read a review of Eliane Radique’s work by Pascal Wyse from the Guardian click on the link below: 

Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity – Timetable

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Between Monday 13th August and Friday 17th August, I will be maintaining a continuity of Arts and Meditation practice. I have chosen this structured pathway of activity as I am testing to see if there is a deepening of both my meditation and arts practice.

The art action will focus on ‘drawing’ ‘markmaking’ and expression through the body. Each day, I will document this process through writing, video and sound.

The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results I will follow it as closely as possible. However, I am open to change and will be aware of when and where alterations to this provisional timetable may need to happen.

4:45 am Morning alarm
5:00-6:30 am Meditate in the studio
7:00-8:15 am Shadow Yoga – Taught Lesson, Peapods
8:30-9:30 am Breakfast
9:30-11:30 am Studio Art Practice
11:30-12:30 noon Meditation In the Studio
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch/Rest/Walk
1:30-5:00 pm Studio Art Practice
5:00-6:00 pm Meditation in the Studio
6:00-7:30 pm Tea/Rest/Walk
7:30-8:45 pm Discourse/Writing/Listening
8:45-9:45 pm Meditation in the Studio
10:00 pm Lights Out

Vipassana Course Timetable

The Vipassana Course Timetable that I experienced as a participant in the 10 day Silent Meditation Retreat in January has become an inspiration for a new investigation into my art practice.

Between Monday 13th August and Friday 17th August, I shall be creating and re-creating a timetable of yoga, meditation, rest, creativity and discourse. For best results, I shall follow the timetable that I create as closely as possible and maintain a continuity of practice.

4:00 am Morning wake-up bell
4:30-6:30 am Meditate in the hall or in your room
6:30-8:00 am Breakfast break
8:00-9:00 am Group meditation in the hall
9:00-11:00 am Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions
11:00-12:00 noon Lunch break
12noon-1:00 pm Rest and interviews with the teacher
1:00-2:30 pm Meditate in the hall or in your room
2:30-3:30 pm Group meditation in the hall
3:30-5:00 pm Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions
5:00-6:00 pm Tea break
6:00-7:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
7:00-8:15 pm Teacher’s Discourse in the hall
8:15-9:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
9:00-9:30 pm Question time in the hall
9:30 pm Retire to your own room–Lights out

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (DVD)

I watched this movie for the first time last evening. It is fascinating and beautiful and immensely moving.

Still Image from the film

The film is life-affirming and deals with the experience of consciousness from the perspective of Jean-Dominique Bauby with ‘locked-in’ syndrome. There is direct eye contact between the doctors and therapists and the camera lens, which is the patient’s perspective and therefore becomes the perspective of the audience.

It is as though the audience is placed inside the mind of the patient and inside the physical body. There is one profound scene where the doctor is forced to sew one of his eyes up to prevent infection. As the audience, we are situated behind the eyes of the patient and watch as the needle and thread closes the eyelid and the lights fade. From this point onwards, the camera views, editing and direction causes you to feel part of the patient, of his physicality, his story and the unearthing of his memory around the incident, his imagination, fantasies and desires.

You are guided through the film by Jean-Dominique’s inner voice and it begins to become your inner voice. The frustrations he feels, you begin to feel, as a viewer. The intense gaze from the clinical staff and the emotional conversations and thoughts he has with himself and his family are superimposed into the viewers mind and this exposes the Universal perspective of what it means to be human and what it means to experience consciousness within the body that we inhabit.

With only one eye and the inability to turn his head, we are succumbed to a limited view – constructed by this limiting condition. When the patient sheds tears, so the camera appears to mimic the view of the room as it appears blurry and out of focus. We see as the patient sees. The nurse at the end of the bed who isnt paying attention to whats going on in the hospital room, the abstracted view of the curtains and the flowers on the bedside table – focus changing from one object to another, the perspective of the patient as his children arrive one by one to kiss him on his cheek.

The film embodies all that it means to be human and trapped within a ‘diving bell’. The viewer is made to feel disorientated and confused as the patient is experiencing the same. The viewer is part of the interaction between physician and patient.

I understand the vulnerability of the body from a place of illness and through this film, I re-encountered some of the feelings and associations that I felt in hospital, no longer recognising the body I once thought I knew.


Everything Changes by Bertolt Brecht

Everything changes. You can make

A fresh start with your final breath.

But what has happened has happened. And the water

You once poured into the wine cannot be

Drained off again.

What has happened has happened. The water

You once poured into the wine cannot be

Drained off again, but

Everything changes. You can make

A fresh start with your final breath

Quote for today

“The body is a part of every perception.

It is the immediate past in so far as it still emerges in the present that flees away from it.

This means that it is at once and the same time a point of view and a point of departure—

a point of view and a point of departure that I am and that I also go beyond as I move off towards what I must become.”

–Jean-Paul Sartre.