Sacred Nude: A Solo Exhibition and Workshop Event by Jessica K Ballantyne

First Solo Exhibition by Jessica K Ballantyne,

Curated by Maimuna Adam

In her “Sacred Nude” (2018) series, Jessica K Ballantyne presents morphed female bodies, at once multiple and singular, in a dialogue with the Flower of Life, an ancient and supposedly sacred, geometric symbol. For Ballantyne, the Flower of Life becomes an emblem of an ethereal self, an energy found outside the physical body.

Noting the symbol’s appearance throughout sacred sites and temples throughout the world and in the research by, amongst others, Leonardo Da Vinci, it is used to bring a sense of stability and peace through symmetry. Ballantyne feels that creating and having Sacred Geometry within eyesight can serve as a conscious and subconscious reminder of its creative, healing energy. The bodies in the Sacred Nude series are either turning towards the Flower of Life or away from it, but the symbol remains a source of light.

The artist’s fascination with the Flower of Life stems from her contact, not only with the metaphysical qualities of Sacred Geometry, but also through her research into meditation and neuroscience. The Flower of Life thus became a symbol of divine wisdom and healing change that can be achieved through self-reflection or meditation.

The Sacred Nudes are bodies that are naked, surrounded or framed by lush drapery inspired by classical nudes within the Western cannon of female beauty. Using bodies familiar to her, Ballantyne subtly questions her own ego and attachment to the body. As a South African woman, of Rhodesian, English and Scottish descent, growing up in Apartheid and post-Apartheid South Africa, her nudes inevitably tell us more than the artist would initially lead us to believe. These are bodies are simultaneously presented to us as light while not negating the darker places of the soul; the ego mind and the fears associated with inhabiting a temporary, material body in a politically and socially unstable country. The Sacred Nudes subtly confront the Western cannon of beauty by distorting and disfiguring the bodies whilst simultaneously placing them within a ‘safe’ space where the light of wisdom or truth in the form of the Flower of Life can envelope them.

“As humans we have been bombarded with imagery of women. Unfortunately many of these images teach us to constantly view ourselves from the outside, as bodies and objects without subjectivity and presence. I rebel against this limiting portrayal of women and invite the viewer into a private, psychological space where I manipulate the physical body to speak about presence, transcending the ego and letting go of attachments to the body and mind.” – Jessica K. Ballantyne

The Exhibition

Sacred Nude is a free, solo exhibition of eleven mixed-media drawings by Jessica K Ballantyne, combining the nude with a surreal twist, a distortion and doubling of bodies alongside Sacred Geometry.

The exhibition celebrates the psychological, spiritual and the divine feminine and was a tribute to a meditation experience the artist had during a progressive workshop with neuroscientist and author Dr Joe Dispenza.


Saturday 22 September 2018 at 6-9pm.

EXHIBITION CONTINUES:  Saturdays from 13:00 to 17:00 until 20th October.


The solo show and workshops will be hosted by the delightful Retreat Yoga Studio.


Retreat Yoga Studio, 367 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AT

The box-framed, Sacred Nude drawings will be available ( A1 size without frame) as well as hand finished, framed and unframed, signed, diamond dusted prints.

The exhibition includes workshops in mandala making, therapeutic creative arts, expressive arts and life drawing every Saturday.

All workshops need to be pre-booked as there are limited spaces available. Book online via the button below…

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Fresh from the Press, Happy Hippy!

Fresh from the Press, Happy Hippy!

It’s taken me long enough but I have finally found a place that I am happy to have prints made! The first I have chosen is ‘Happy Hippy 1’, sometimes referred to as ‘Untitled’. The original artwork was done on pastel paper with chalk pastels and pencils.

I remember really enjoying making this piece and there is only one other in a similar vein and that’s the male version called Happy Hippy 2′. They were the first two pieces I sold in the UK and unfortunately did not get the buyers details so if you are reading this and have the originals, get in touch!

Details of the print:

* Giclee print
* paper size A3 (42×29.7cm)
* image size 40×27.7cm
* Hahnemuhle German Etching paper which is a heavy weight art paper with a texture
* Printed on an Epson UltraChrome HDR Wide Gamut Inks

So here it is, available from my Etsy shop for the moment until I get mine up and running.

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