Kim Gates Flick in the Sieg Gallery
Peace-Passage (My Manataka)
The word Manataka has many beginnings, but has only one origin.
The word Manataka has many definitions, but has only one meaning.
The word Manataka is spoken in many languages, but is of one people.
The word Manataka means the "Unbroken Circle" Mantaka American Indian Council
Artist Statement: There was a special spot in the mountain, behind my childhood home, called the “Angel Seat.” It was a rock formation in a ninety-degree angle that could be used as a seat of rest and reflection while hiking the passages of the Bald Eagle mountains. The ground around the seat was covered in a blanket of moss & lichens that my grandfather called God’s carpet and was flanked by huge trees that bent together with an entanglement of growth; streaming in the most beautiful filtered light – that could put any painting or church window to shame. It was a secret place of reverence that over time was lost to an ever-changing landscape, but nere to memory. It’s been in natural cathedrals such as these, that I have poured out my soul; pondering the mysteries of this experience called life. Two years ago, after loosing my father to cancer, I returned to childhood haunts; with a renewed consideration of nature, particularly trees, in their silent witness of life. Oral and rural histories have long used witness trees to mark significant historical and cultural events. Today, ecologists regard the use of witness trees as a tool for observation, to reconnect and rediscover the value of our native landscapes.
In this spirit, I offer these small works, not as lofty achievements of artistic investigations, but as personal testaments. They are my witness trees, markers of a private and significant life event. May they serve museum visitors with a public invitation to visit our natural areas and consider the silent support such sacred spaces provide for reconnecting our modern society with the natural world. As we join in the world-wide celebration of earth day, may we raise our awareness of environmental stewardship by reflecting on our position in the un-broken circle with a poem by John Yellow Lark, A Lakota Chief of the First People:
Earth teach me stillness…
as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering…
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility…
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me to forget myself…
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember…
Bio: Kim Gates Flick is a mixed-media artist, sharing her passion for creativity as a Visual Arts Instructor with The Pennsylvania State University. Born in Bellefonte and raised at the gateway of the PA Wilds, she is a native daughter of the Bald Eagle Mountains. Kim earned her undergraduate degrees in Fine Art and Equine Science at Penn State and a master’s degree at The Vermont College of Fine Art. She is a founding member of the Farmland Preservation Artists and committed to local living with membership in various community organizations such as The Bellefonte Museum of Art, Central PA Pastel Society, The Art Alliance, The Philadelphia Sketch Club and as a juried professional artist with The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. She promotes and demonstrated sustainable studio practices, eco-friendly products and community art projects. Kim has centuries of generational roots in the Centre region and is supportive of community and sustainable organizations whose missions promote and protect the natural resources of her beloved mountain home and the wild spaces of Pennsylvania.
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