Sculptor, teacher, psychotherapist and now author, Noula Diamantopoulos, launched her first book as well as her latest exhibition 'Numinous', which is based on questions posed by the book's topics, on November 2, 2016. The exhibition ran until December 3. Both the book and artworks are for sale at Artereal Gallery in Rozelle.
Noula describes her book as a "personal development book, not an art book". The inspiration to write "You Are. That Is. Creative" came from a culmination of years of teaching people who believed they could not be creative to challenge themselves and their ingrained beliefs. Creativity brings about change and change is an essential part of human life.
Throughout the book Noula talks about "finding your way to your greater creative self" but it is not just through art that you are able to do so. "You Are. That Is. Creative" is about experiencing life through your own process and finding what is right for you without judgment.
Noula's text-based neon artworks were also launched on Nov 2 at Artereal Gallery.
One particular chapter I enjoyed is based on questions 'Quest', but without the necessity for answers. Is it really necessary for all questions to have instant answers? "Have we lost the art of dialogue, the art of exchanging ideas and viewpoints?" writes Noula. In other words, there are times when the answer is only found through a process of other questions. These 'Quest' sessions are the inspiration for Noula's current neon exhibition, launched on the same night as her book.
The book is about "awakening who you are" and questioning your thoughts and processes to allow your imagination to grow, to challenge and to inspire better choices for yourself.
We can "avoid experience altogether, but as we intuitively know, to evade experience means to shun life," writes Noula. When I read this I realised how often I am critical of myself. In fact, how many of us are critical of ourselves, which can then manifest into a fear of failure? Failure can paralyse you into staying in one spot diminishing any form of success.
I asked Noula what her definition of success is and she replied, "engaging with my students and clients on levels they didn't know existed. I call them lenses, seeing yourself in different ways."
Noula's book and teachings through her art and psychotherapy speak volumes of how this lady's energy has influenced many to discover their creative selves. Being at the launch with other art and book enthusiasts and experiencing the joy, the smiles, the visually exciting energy of the neon sculptures, was uplifting. All this is from one woman's creative drive.
This is what the book "You Are. That Is. Creative" is about. Challenge your fears, develop your qualities and strengths but above all, it is about creativity and letting creativity be whatever works for you to be the best person you can be. The book is available now in paperback and as an e-book.
Images courtesy of Noula Diamantopoulos. Further information about the book and exhibition is available here.
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