Olga Spiegel

Psycherealism  , the minds eye, and the Art of Pareidolia

Inspiration exists when the soul finds joy in the infinite.

I find my freedom at the wild frontier of Imagination and my work is nurtured by Psychedelic Art  in the 60’s  European Fantastic realism, Surrealism, and Science Fiction . It has evolved from influences ranging from the abstract and optical energy field influences of the 1960’s through study of the Old Master’s techniques with Ernst Fuchs, to my current Visionary language , which now includes digital computer- generated paintings.

My paintings are spaces of wonder that point to ever changing notions of the Universe and our sense of Being, our yearning for an ecology of the soul.

I recently heard a term that intrigued and resonated deeply within me, that seemed to capture the evolution of my art: Pareidolia.

Pareidolia (/pærᵻˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-doh-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists.  >>dictionary’s explanation !)

In terms of painting, focus on the texture of a painted surface can reveal numerous layers and conger up countless images imbedded in a fractal way of faces, fields, architecture, flashes of Rembrandt, Picasso. Impressionists, OpArt and realism, a visual poetry akin to automatic writing, different frequencies born of the interplay of Surrealism, Visionary, Symbolism, and Abstraction