Welcome to my Art Gallery - Nora Soler Pozzi

"Nori" inside a mandala. Picture taken by Max, Nori's dad

My dad, Max Soler, was a professional photographer, a visual artist, ceramist and sculptuor who inspired and taught me to notice the details of nature's beauty through the lens of a camera and to let my imagination soar. translating meaningelss images that showed up in my mind into meaningful drawings on paper or canvas. 

This website is an attempt to offer you a peek into my imagination after being transformed into tangible works of art. This process of transformation used different mediums: mandala drawings on paper, found-wood scultptures, and photography images capturing nature's beauty. 

I enjoy both, creating and looking at them, again and again, as a spiritual practice that leads me to a place of sacredness and union with the Absolute. I hope you enjoy them too.

 

My Mandala Drawings were inspired by Carl Jung, who used the process of creating them as a way to understand the state of his mind, during a difficult time in his life.

I was also inspired by Judy Cornell, author of her book "Mandala". The word "Mandala" means "sacred circle" in sanskrit.

Quotes from Judy Cornell: "...Tibetan Mandalas are visual representations of Buddhist Scripture created in a state of prayer and devotional chanting..."

"...Mandala acts as a visual journal of our spiritual journey, from fear and [...] darkness to {...} the radiance of the soul's True Nature.[...] we are guided by our heart, soul and intuition ..."

Quotes from Carl Jung:
"...I sketched every morning in a notebook, a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. With the help of these drawings, I could observe my psychic transformation on the day to day...."

"...there is no linear evolution: there is only circumambulation of the Self. This insight gave me stability, and gradually my inner peace returned..."

"...The pictures arise quite spontaneously, from two sources. One source is the unconscious,...the other is life, which if lived with utter devotion, brings an intuition of the self; of one's own individual being...."

"...The mandala is not only a means of expression, but also produces an effect. It reacts upon its maker. Age-old effects lie hidden in this symbol..."
Inspired by my dad, Max Soler, since very young. I used to be his "assistant" and still remember when at 6 yrs old, i entered the tiny "dark room" converted from a small bathroom in our 5th floor apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Just like Joan Miro, who equaled his art studio to a sacred temple, the moment i went through the dark room door it felt like a sacrament, a ritual filled with magic, as dad turned the red light bulb on while we bathed the film in big trays filled with mysterious liquids. Through some alchemy of sorts, it transformed it into a series of images that we would then hang from strings that crisscrossed over our heads.

From my travels abroad to my backyard, i can always notice the moment when my heart starts beating hard. That is the moment i hurriedly peel my camera and search for the perfect frame, the perfect moment, the perfect zoom, the perfect background...

Back them we did not have the luxury to delete and shoot 100 pictures at a time. The roll had either 24 or 36 pictures, not cheap to buy or develop and print, so we needed to be patient, design the picture right there and then. Each picture had to be the one, no error, no missing the light or the shadow, or the speed or distance. We had to create the work on the site, and still do, although i miss my old Yashica, but "...the times they are a-changin'..." with the digital more efficient but less quality kind of tools. Before there was "more time" and less hurry, than now.

So, taking pictures is my mindfulness practice "now". I slow down and watch, and stop, and brea†he....and shoot.
This is yet another way i meditate in nature. Whether at the seashore, or at the river, i can feel a rush of endorphins dancing in my body when my eyes stop at the sight of a pile of driftwood.

They have travelled long distances, they have been battered by time and the force of water running through them, sculpting them, easing their edges, changing its color, perforating them, rendering them as rare unique pieces of art...that is if i can find them, among piles and piles of discardable unusable refuse and trash. The river or the ocean do not discriminate, all are subject to its power of transformation.

It is "...in the eyes (and the touch) of the beholder...", it is said, and it is true. Only i can see it -a complete work of art- in the future, after being washed, cured and finished, placed on a base and offered a name, then it takes a life of its own...sometimes we may play a game of names with my friends to assign each one a name, which already belongs to it, but which we need to guess. (Thank you Mary Katherine, it is always fun to play this game of making names for them and sharing this rare process with you).
Thanks you for your visit. drop me a note. Blessings and Peace,
Nora (Vimala) Soler Pozzi

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Mary Jane Walsh | Reply 11.10.2017 22.16

Dear Nora, I am coming to Richmond next week -- Oct. 19. I would love to take a you class with you and also to see your art work at the bank. Is this possible?

nora pozzi 12.10.2017 00.12

Hi Mary Jane. Please text me at (804) 677-3199. What's your email? I'll send u info about artshow
Classes: i only teach on Mo & Tue. Until when are u staying? N

Jack | Reply 02.08.2017 19.11

Nora you are incredible and an inspiration to all of us.

nora pozzi 12.10.2017 00.13

Hi Jack. I just saw this comment!!! Thank you so much. ❤️🙏

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Hi Jack. I just saw this comment!!! Thank you so much. ❤️🙏

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12.10 | 00:12

Hi Mary Jane. Please text me at (804) 677-3199. What's your email? I'll send u info about artshow
Classes: i only teach on Mo & Tue. Until when are u staying? N

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11.10 | 22:16

Dear Nora, I am coming to Richmond next week -- Oct. 19. I would love to take a you class with you and also to see your art work at the bank. Is this possible?

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02.08 | 19:11

Nora you are incredible and an inspiration to all of us.

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