Friday, 18 November 2011

Birth of an Idea

Image ©2011 J M Ashcroft All Rights Reserved.
And then there was "Light".

In the creation of a New World, out of the Darkness springs the Birth of an Idea.

The Esoteric Order of Art or EOA movement was founded in Finland in 2005 by two Artists, Tapani Mokko and Marianne Kaunio. Its basic principles emphasizes the Mystical aspects of Art and the Individuality of the Artist.

The Esoteric Order of Art foundations laid by Tapani and Marianne are set out below.

Five thesis of the Esoteric Order of Art

I. Personality

Esoteric Art doesn't follow trends or movements in the arts. The chosen subject matter shows the personality of the artist. Then the subject matter will alter in the mind of the artist. It will be influenced by memories and conscious choosing. The artist is in a constant dialog with the subject matter and through this dialog it will evolve.

II. Honesty

External influences should not corrupt the artist. Work should always reflect the inner self or soul and the experiences of the artist. It takes courage to see yourself in the creation. The most challenging thing in the whole creative process is to face your inner self and your subconscious world. True involvement to the creation comes from signing it with your soul. The maker must listen to himself/ herself and change only when it feels right.

III. Mysticality

A great deal of mysticality that is evident in the esoteric art comes from the subconscious. Subconscious messages should not be censored or beautified – they should be as raw and strange as they usually are. The way for a subconscious to become conscious is through free association and sensitivity towards reality. Creatures, symbols and places that you come across in the Esoteric are from the dreams of the maker.

IV. Emotion

To devote oneself to the emotionality is one of the most important qualifications of the Esoteric. It liberates imagination and makes possible to travel far away to the unknown territory. Art can also wake forgotten emotions from ones own past. Going through emotions in the perspective of a beholder can be liberating experience. A human can experience all the possible emotions in the art without ever losing the sense of security. Exaggeration and theatricality are approved effects of the art.

V. Idea

Art that has some idea can wake and excite intelligence (trait). An idea doesn’t have to be on the level of the conception – it can be in the way of realization, for example in the painting technique. The most important thing is the makers thought process and the reflection of that.


If you feel that you resonate with this movement then we want to hear from YOU.

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