Flotilla of Healing Kites
Echoing throughout the centuries, lost in the endless space of
time, kites have illuminated our history with a profoundly moving
immediacy. Powerful symbols of flight and freedom, kites reflect
the images of ancient cultures around the world. Our ancestors released
kites as prayers to the gods and the Chinese flew magnificent kites
of silk and bamboo in 206 B.C.
windsocks (forerunners of kites) have been flown since Roman times.
Fighter kites have hidden and launched noble warriors into glorious
battles long forgotten. Here in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin used
a kite, string and a copper key to draw lightning from the sky and
prove that electricity and lightning are the same.
In the context
of this exhibit, individual kite paintings reflect the holistic
properties of healing and the intrinsic union of mind, body and
spirit. Linear skeins of color become the metaphor for the tangling
threads of memories and the cumulative experiences of the human
spirit. These messengers of healing invite us to release our fears
into the realm of endless space. As we allow these feelings to soar
as freely as children flying kites, we may experience the epiphany
--Mary Anne Bartley