Artist Blog: SK Lockhart - "My art comes from a deep place of listening"
"Wild Beauty" By SK Lockhart
Short Background On SK
SK is a social worker, human rights activist, intuitive artist, and poet. She was born in Louisville, but spent 12 years working with indigenous communities, genocide survivors, and other human rights activists in Guatemala before returning to the U.S. with a husband and two sons. She unexpectedly discovered art while working through her personal grief and trauma. Her first art show was a solo show in January 2015, called "Music of the Pigments." at the Wayside Expressions Gallery in Hotel Louisville, and since then she has had three other solo shows, and has participated in several juried art fairs, group shows in local galleries, and has been a featured artist in several local boutiques. Her work has also found homes in private collections in Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, and 15 different states.
How SK Began Her Artistic Journey
My art comes from a deep place of listening. Having always been considered a "good listener" by others, I realized that I had lost my own voice somewhere along the way. I have spent countless hours listening to survivors . . . of war, domestic violence, torture, child abuse, sexual assault . . . and I have promised them that I would carry those stories with me. And yet, I assumed that I had nothing to say. In 2013, as part of my own work in therapy, I began to draw. I needed to open up my space, just as I had helped others do.
Images, and then words, began to pour out, however, only when I developed my discipline of breathing deeply and simply listening . . . with no preconceived ideas or expectations of what would appear, I discovered, in fact, that I had a great deal to say. My images and words speak to deep truths and echo the experiences of who I am as a woman and as a survivor. These are my musings, my meditations, and my strength. "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, talented, gorgeous, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be?"
- Marianne Williams