I am a survivor of sexual abuse and rape. I was abused as a child at the age of 10, and raped when I was 14. I never wanted to live defined by these experiences, however they affected every corner of my life. It was only until I traveled this path of trying to unravel this trauma, trying to define myself as a woman after being scarred as a child, only after I let myself be abused again and again, found my voice, stood up and reclaimed my power, it was only then that I could see that this path was my own hero’s journey. I have found that my experience, my growth, my healing, and now empowerment as a sensual, sexual creature carries a power. It’s the power of triumph over hate. It’s the power of love. I have found in my life my deepest pains, my weakest spots are also my greatest strengths and points of wisdom. I now know it is my life's work to be the ambassador of this message of empowerment, through both my own story of abuse, trauma, to eventual freedom and celebration, as well as offering a collective message for others to find power within their own story in a way that ripples out to the greater whole. This is the principle I founded Infuse Gallery on; that we all have our own hero’s journey which can be told as a story to effect others and make the world a better place.
Art has been one of my strongest vehicles of expression. I have used it as a tool of inner reflection in every phase of my life. It has been a powerful creative energy that flows through me. I have experimented in various avenues of spirituality, and even lived for several years as a celibate nun in a Hindu tradition, striving to channel my mind and body to the “highest” expression of spiritual enlightenment. What resulted from this was focused spiritual disciplines that lead me to tremendous, beautiful mystical experiences of a transcendent nature. However, there was a deep part of myself that was cut-off; my own sexuality, sensuality, and relationship to my body. Though I have touched the experience of non-duality and oneness in universal experience, I didn’t yet hold it within myself as a daily experience as I was denying a basic and powerful part of my own humanity. I hadn’t healed my trauma. Once I recognized that, I have been able to free myself from the pain of the story and instead celebrate this discovery of my own sensuality. For me the most spiritual experience of all has been coming home to myself and living without shame.
My art is an exploration into this unification of the spiritual dimensions with the mundane aspects of living in a human body through exploration of form, formlessness in abstraction, and expressions of sexuality and sensuality. It is the unification of the sacred and the mundane, the masculine and the feminine, the dual nature of reality into oneness. It is a celebration of power and freedom in form! Everything to be experienced. All to be honored and loved.
Kyra Coates' Gallery