ART FITS IN EVERYWHERE....Batcules has embarked on a lifelong journey to study and explore the theory of colour, line and form as it relates to the past, present and future to develop a distinct visual alphabet that manifests the ultimate goal of finding the key to divine proportion. The great ancient philosophers have been a long-standing fascination for Batcules, and the path to knowledge of Socrates and Plato has been a major influence and source of inspiration.
Plato’s viewpoint on the theory of forms or the theory of ideas holds that non-physical (but substantial) forms (or ideas) represent the most accurate reality. For Batcules dreams often reveal powerful messages in various states such as forms, which later become conscious ideas. Batcules and Abstract Painting The driving creative force behind Batcules is the theory of colour and form. Shelley Batcules is a painter best known for her distinct abstract technique created with a layered and textural visual alphabet comprised of patterns of dots, pixels and/or lozenges of colour mixed using the scientific principles of colour theory with the intent to create tapestries of complex psychological colour relationships and vibrations. The patterns and colour relationships can be harmonic and/or disruptive depending on the colour formula and palette, the movement and vibration of the pattern and how the composition forms the subject matter.
ABSTRACT COLLABORATIONS: PAINTING AND SCULPTURE: Mixed media materials provide vast opportunities to take abstract ideas to a new level in terms of texture, form and exhibition opportunities notably interior and exterior installations. Batcules is consistently exploring new materials and methods to bring artistic expression to many environments. The Colour of Human Emotions The exploration of human emotions using the psychology of colour and the therapeutic effects of colour are other major interests for Batcules. During Batcules’ academic studies she had a keen interest in the painter Wassily Kandinsky and the German philosopher Goethe and their belief that colour had a strong impact on the human mood and emotion. A key goal is to provoke the spectator with a powerful visual sensory experience that will provoke an openminded approach to viewing new pictures and ideas which in turn promotes the power of new exploration, inspires discovery, and endorses people of all ages and from all places to embrace and appreciate new and unusual landscapes that have the potential to expand their horizons beyond that which is recognizable in the conscious concrete world only. The Dream World and the Real World Shelley has a special interest in documenting visions and lessons she learns in her very lucid dreams. Finding new ways to translate the line between the dream world and the real world and the powerful sensations felt when being pulled from the subconscious dream state into the conscious layer, that sense of floating just below the surface of reality to suddenly jolt through the fog into wearing the skin of awakening in a fixed solid state is a primary curiosity. A favourite theme in Batcules’ work is dualism. Abstraction compositions using the science of colour provides the perfect platform to document the human struggle between dark states of mind that push control mechanisms, societal subtexts and the “zombie-fication” movement to strip people of their individuality versus the power of free will, the liberation to see the truth in order to find the path to the light in life. Everyday mixed media elements buried in thick paint are sometimes used to serve as meaningful hints for the viewer to consider psychological scenarios that juxtapose being awake in common sense or being in the deep sleep of illusion. Abstraction provides a freedom to reach beyond what is simply seen in one physical dimension and consciousness, rather it transcends the body and explores the landscape of the mind and soul – to transcend to multiple dimensions - with a goal to reach or ignite the vast percentage of the human mind which is not used, lies dormant, and stricken by defined rules and belief systems that do not allow for the true belief in the expansion of human potential by holding the unknown close and not allowing ourselves to be in fear of it.
Plato's philosophy asserts that there are two realms: the physical realm and the spiritual realm. The physical realm is the material stuff we see and interact with on a daily basis; this physical realm is changing and imperfect, as we know all too well. The spiritual realm, however, exists beyond the physical realm. Plato calls this spiritual realm the Realm of Forms (also called the Realm of Ideas or Realm of Ideals). Plato's Theory of Forms asserts that the physical realm is only a shadow, or image, of the true reality of the Realm of Forms. So what are these Forms, according to Plato? The Forms are abstract, perfect, unchanging concepts or ideals that transcend time and space; they exist in the Realm of Forms. Even though the Forms are abstract, that doesn't mean they are not real. In fact, the Forms are more 'real' than any individual physical objects. So, concepts like Redness, Roundness, Beauty, Justice, or Goodness are Forms (and thus they are commonly capitalized). Individual objects like a red book, a round ball, a beautiful girl, a just action, or a good person reside in the physical realm and are simply different examples of the Forms. Source: https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-theory-of-forms-by-plato-definition-lesson-quiz.html