vibrata chromodoris

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Vibrata's intermedia paintings, installations and digital work have been seen in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Chicago and as far away as Turkey, Portugal and Japan.

Vibrata was given her name during a meditation in 1998. Along with the name she was shown a vision of waves of energy, undulating and expanding infinitely in all directions as a continuum.

Her images include elements of symmetry and rhythmic patterning, geometry and the use of beguiling perceptual distortions. She is an intermedia artist, seamlessly blending computer design with traditional acrylic-on-canvas techniques. Her recent 3D work incorporates the use of a CNC router with wood and plastics.

"I use a language of reflections and mirroring; reducing things to their fundamental structures; Mathematical patterns, patterns in biology, in atoms under a microscope; Patterns in ancients architecture, fabrics, stonework; Musical patterns, mythological patterns, language patterns... I love to play with the question of whether patterns are there for us to perceive or created through the act of perceiving. It's a way to understand a unified field of reality."

Vibrata is a thirteen-time veteran of the Burning Man festival, held every year in Nevada, participating with her own art installations and contributing to the Connexus Cathedral and Entheon Village in 2006, the Institute in 2011 and 2012 and Nexus in 2013. In recent years she has joined the vanguard helping to bridge the gap between the artist and viewer by painting live at multimedia events. As a lecturer and presenter, Vibrata was featured at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for the Mind States conference, at CoSM gallery in NYC in 2005 and Bicycle Day in San Francisco in 2012. She has been featured in such publications as the Entheogen Review, the CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture, and the Elfintome Visionary Arts Collective Catalogues.

Artist's Statement of Intent

Symmetry, color and repetition have a visceral power that I love to explore. Rhythm, pattern and reflection are my elements. Movement and change, flux and entropy are my subjects. In my art I see a dance of interconnected, self-aware, energetic potentialities.

Growing up in Canada, I was surrounded by the visually rich and powerful images of Northern Indigenous artists. These artists pay homage to the deep connection they feel with nature in their depictions of magical deities and mythological spirit animals, pulsating with colorful life-force energy. Eventually I found myself being drawn to the art of other indigenous cultures such as the ancient people of Australia and South America. The commonalities that inspire me are the expressions of awe at the beauty of the intangible; the act of creating art as a work of devotion; the ability of the artist to bring the unseen into visible form.

My loyalty to painting and newfound love for sculpture is coupled with my delight for digital imaging, and one medium informs the other. My computer tools have become essential to my method of sketching a design, choosing colors and executing each piece. The ease with which I can create mathematically precise geometric shapes, mirror reflections and symmetrical iterations has deeply influenced my artistic voice.