The Darkened Path

Mark Sagona

Mixed media on Canvas. 70 x 100 cm. 2004.

‘The Darkened Path’, formed part of the ‘Manifesting the Soul’ exhibition held at St James Centre for Creativity in 2004. This was Sagona’s third solo exhibition and brought together around forty abstract works created between 2003 and 2004.

All figures and landscapes which were the subject of his previous works, are now removed to make way for pure abstraction manifested from the artist’s own meditations on life. The series placed particular emphasis on the spiritual thoughts on God and notions of destiny, sacrifice and pure energy. ‘The Darkened Path’ is a work which though solemn, gives hope through the cracks in the rendering of light through the dark. The idea that though life may be difficult at times, there is always hope.

Sagona believes that abstraction is the purest form of art wherein one may convey the psyche in a direct manner. Though the artist brought forward his own inner feelings and thoughts on canvas, the viewer is still left to his own spiritual journey when looking at this work. The colours and lines may be considered as guidelines on a map, to withdraw the viewer’s own inner most thoughts.