Interview: Viviana Siddhi
Luca Curci talks with Viviana Siddhi during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Viviana Siddhi is a Slovenian born international awarded poet, yogini, healer and international multi-awarded sacred artist who creates mandala paintings and murals. In 2010 she moved to California and became an American citizen. Her art is permanently present in the European Art Museum and she received a diploma in Copenhagen for her high quality and unique art. Siddhi’s artwork has appeared in selected group exhibition in California, New York, Denmark, UK, Italy and Slovenia. She had solo art shows in Slovenia, India and Switzerland. She founded ‘Little Prince’, the first Slovenian vegetarian kindergarten. She is a founder of the NGO Mandala Transformation Foundation, Inc., a public charity that aims to improve lives by transmission of sacred wisdom. Viviana is an author of multi-awarded poetry, articles for spiritual magazines and Peers including Journal of Complementary Medicine & Alternative Healthcare and Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Viviana Siddhi – I received two diplomas for yoga, over 10 certificates for CMT and other alternative approaches including recognition from the Elite American Executives.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
VS – Moving to California. I received Commission for Episcopal church Grace Cathedral in the heart of San Francisco. A house of prayer for all people and a center for inclusivity and the arts, welcoming visitors from all over the world.
LC – What is art for you?
VS – A hobby.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
VS – Life.
LC – What is your creative process like?
VS – With sacred mandala workshops I guide others to learn transformational healing methods that include many varied approaches including some that are currently considered highly metaphysical in nature. When I paint, my soul becomes one with the colors and forms and together they create the mandala. Each step follows the other as I enter a meditative state and contemplative union where time does not exist, and all is one. When we are able to first follow the voice of the heart, intuition and then use our intellect for the right perception of life, we are in tune with our highest purpose in life. By gazing on the artwork, the viewer is invited to enter the same meditative and spiritual state. Art created in this dual awareness offers direct access to a non-dualistic spirit.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
VS – The word “mandala” in Sanskrit means circle. The very symbolic compositions of Tibetan culture depict the universe. When you draw or paint a mandala, you represent your inner world or your state of mind, at least at that particular moment. White refers to intuition, to the divine: to leave white spaces means desire to come into contact with the transcendent as a source of inspiration. Red denotes courage and resourcefulness. Black implies the need for a regenerating pause, a spiritual entity. The yellow refers to the intellect, the green to the earth and to nature, while purple is the union of playful and transcendent, a serene harmony that pervades everything.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival?
VS – Great inspiration.
LC – In which way did it inspire you?
VS – I was drawn to the art show, right the way – Venice.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition?
VS – The paintings release energy according to how the viewer concentrates on the paintings and contemplates the ideas they inspire. Each conscious or unconscious thought is a vibration of energy that takes expression in the form of a mandala bringing a personal message. After realizing these messages in life, questions and problems are transformed and peace takes over instead. A mandala unites darkness and light in inner harmony. By making mandalas in a meditative state we can exhibit higher degrees of concentration, increase creativity, think more positively, regain our self-confidence and be present in every moment. We become peaceful and mentally balanced. When we are able to recognize and gain trust in personal messages, follow them and realize them in our daily lives, we become free of questions and doubts.
LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
VS – Topic ‘THE BODY LANGUAGE VENICE 2020’ tells everything.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
VS – It’s a great Platform at the heart of historic place in Venice.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
VS – Yes. I am very grateful that I was able to participate.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
VS – Definitely.