Unity Consciousness

“Unity consciousness is at the root of my work. My desire is to create from the spirit in a language that reflects love and unity, thereby promoting equity and compassion.”

— Claudette Dean

My voice an artist has definitely been a feminine one. Symbolism and light have been constants in my work.

I have always had a love affair with the light, be it of the Sun or of the Moon, and I’ve also always had a fascination with symbols. As a child growing up Roman Catholic, I was captivated by the mysticism of the trinity, and the cross is the first of many symbols to be etched on my heart and stored in my consciousness.

Trees have also left a mark on my soul since childhood, and are a recurrent symbol in my work. I was born and raised in a small town on the North Shore of Lake Huron, called Blind River. The main industry, and truly the heart of the town, for the years I was growing up, was an impressive lumber mill. Our house faced the mill yard––the smell of white pine, the buzzing of machinery, tall piles of lumber as far as the eye could see, the noon and five o’clock whistles, and the men walking to and from work everyday, are smells, sounds, and sights from my childhood.

The fascination with symbolism deepened and broadened through my university years. While studying French Literature, I was introduced to eighteenth century poets Rimbaud, Verlaine and Baudelaire. Studying the work of these poets made me acutely aware of the power and potency of symbolic language. This awareness was further enhanced while studying the teachings of surrealist writer and poet, Andre Breton, and the subsequent exposure to the art of Salvador Dali.

As an artist, my creative impulse has always thrived in that mysterious realm somewhere between the known and the unknown. In this space free of misconceptions and boundaries, intuitive images flow and naturally tap into the spiritual, and with experience and time, I have uncovered and developed my own symbolic language.

I see the world through a spiritual lens, and when I’m working and connected, there is a definite sense of the mystical. There is an alchemy involved in creating that is simply not of this world.

I am forever seeking to make the connection with the Divine, and to express the Universal.

Claudette Dean was born in 1954 and raised on the beautiful north shore of Lake Huron in Blind River, Ontario, Canada. In 1975, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature from the University of Windsor. She spent the summer of '75 continuing her studies at The University of Nice, France, and it was while studying there, that she first sensed an intuitive pull towards the visual arts—a direction which she was not yet ready to embark upon.

Claudette Dean’s work is a part of The National Art Collection of the Bahamas.

Awards:

  • Commonwealth of the Bahamas Award for outstanding achievements in the realm of Fine Arts, presented by The Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Freeport, Bahamas.
  • Miami Children’s Hospital, award for excellence in working with children’s issues through art.

Claudette Dean