Archive for January, 2015

Bone Icons

My easels, empty vessels waiting to be filled.

It’s been a while and I’ve missed you guys! So much has happened- my life, my health, my art- everything has changed and I will share more about this as I begin writing again.

It’s hard to think where to begin. My heads starts to spin just imagining it! I’ll just start with my art since the process of art is both the reflection and product of my life. The two are so deeply knit as to be inseparable. This new body of work is called Bone Icons. Here are the first 3 paintings in the series with my artist statement below. I will post more new work along with deeper explanations soon. xo

Gestation by Sybil Archibald
Gestation, Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 18″x36″, 2013

Tree of Life by Sybil Archibald
Tree of Life, Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 18″x36″, 2013

The Chrysalis by Sybil Archibald
Madoona & Child, Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 18″x36″, 2014

Bone Icons Statement

The Bone Icon series intimately captures my struggle with long-term illness. Though scleroderma has left my hands curled into fists that do not open, I am able to create. My paintings explore the fine line between physical loss and spiritual gain, between death and rebirth into new and unexpected forms.

All things pass away except the eternal flow of creative energy: the urge to grow and create. It is only through growth and change that I have survived. My work is a record of my healing against the odds by delving deep inside for that eternally creative spring. Though my body has withered, my heart has blossomed because illness forced me to heal where I was able- my inner non-physical wounds. I offer these paintings portraying the complex and beautiful dance between suffering and joy as an act of hope that wounds can heal us and suffering is not in vain.