LUMEN Studios & Gallery was founded in 2019. LUMEN is an artist-run space based at the old Cheese Factory in Tataraimaka, Taranaki. Resident artists include Teresa Goodin (Artist & Alchemist) and Alice Cowdrey (Felter & Maker). LUMEN hosts showcasing artists and makers from the Taranaki region.
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
By Teresa Goodin
The Rainbiow Bridge is an expression of my on-going journey with the Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa, New Zealand. These eight large scale collages created in 2012 were inspired by my training with The Medicine Woman Centre for Esoteric and Shamanic Studies. This series is inspired by my experiences while undertaking a Medicine Woman programme in 2011. The Rite of the Six Moons is a 28-week purification program which includes working with very specialised families of New Zealand native master teacher plant essences including the Orchids. The eight orchids are associated with the eight chakras or main energy centres in the body. The Rainbiow Bridge is my interpretation of the eight orchid essences in the First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® range of native flower essences. The eight native orchid essences are elixirs of spiritual light that hold the divine eightfold energies of cosmic consciousness.
Teresa creates complex and colourful handcrafted collages inspired by ancient cultures, esoteric wisdom and the beauty of the natural world. Teresa has been using collage as a tool for exploring consciousness and deepening self-awareness for over 20 years. For the past few years she has been exploring feminine archetypes through the lens of mythology and astrology. Teresa is also a spiritual counsellor and a specialist in the Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa. For over ten years she has been studying with the Medicine Woman Centre for Esoteric & Shamanic Studies and attening silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition. Teresa graduated from Whanganui’s Quay School of the Arts in 2000 where she majored in photography. In 2007 she graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design from AUT. Teresa is co-founder of LUMEN Studios