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Translating each Enneagram type into a landscape -- an aerial photo/map of the way home, done metaphorically and experienced visually.
Translating each Enneagram type into a landscape -- an aerial photo/map of the way home, done metaphorically and experienced visually.
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Mapping the Human Experience: Enneagram Translated Into Art

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What if we could translate the human experience, as described through the Enneagram, into a series of paintings -- landscapes, aerial photos, or a bird's-eye-view of the home from here. What if there was a way to experience the Enneagram metaphorically -- something that felt like a drone photo of the path ahead, a map folded up in your pocket, and maybe, perhaps even a mirror of yourself. Could it make all of this human experience less morpheus, and a little bit more tangible? Could we better understand and give grace to each other, if we knew the kind of path they tread? 

These questions were inspired by my time painting the artwork for Sleeping at Last's "Four" music video, and I set out on a nine month deep-dive into enneagram theory, and how to translate our shared experiences as humans, into landscapes -- into art.  

 Over the months that followed I read books, listened to podcasts, poured over enneagram-based songs, spoke with hundreds of people, and studied the language our Earth already uses. I wanted these paintings to be tied to real places in the world, places our feet really can traverse, as that would give even more grounding to what we experience in our minds and hearts, which can sometimes feel like a vast and overwhelming expanse. 

As much fun as it would be (and how much easier on me as the artist!) these are not paintings of what each Enneagram type likes. Instead, I’m aiming to represent who they are. And to do this I had to reach beyond myself and my own interpretations of life. I asked hundreds of people these questions:

"If your internal landscape was an actual place here on Earth, what would it be? What biosphere could be used to represent what it feels like to be you, and what your journey looks like? If your internal processing, fears, motivations, virtues were a landscape, what would it be?"

Compiling their answers, my understanding of Enneagram theory, and my interpretation of the world's textures, I created a sort of vocabulary that I could pull from to create these maps.

 [CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PLACES IN THE NATURAL WORLD THAT INSPIRED EACH PIECE]

I wanted the paintings to "read" from left to right, coming from the disintegration type and childhood wound, and traveling across the landscape, heading into health. I wanted each piece to depict a different biosphere, and capture the vast variety and beauty of both our world and humanity. I wanted the depictions to include the type's distraction possibility, fear, obstacles, core struggle, growth point, and virtue. And above all, when a piece was on the wall of its type, I wanted it to feel familiar.

After each painting, I shared it with a core community of each type, hearing their interpretations and insights, tweaking things when it was needed, and processing with them. You guys were AMAZING! And this project honestly wouldn't be what it is apart from you! I said it so many times during that process, and I'll say it many more:

I feel so honored and privileged to be able to do this project with and for people like you!

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After months of painting, study, and repainting, here are the Nine base Enneagram pieces! 

WANT TO KNOW THE INSPIRATION, METAPHORS, EASTER EGGS, AND MORE HIDDEN WITHIN YOUR PIECE? 

When you support this project you will get exclusive access to videos I am sharing throughout this campaign. There is one video for each painting, showing the planning, inspiration, hidden metaphors, time-lapse of its creation, and more. These videos have been incredibly encouraging to the backers who have watched them, and I hope they will encourage you as well.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE

Because these maps were done reading left to right, the paintings can be lined up by their integration direction!! Like this:

 This is an easy way to see which type you pull from in stress (taking on that type's negative characteristics) and which type you lean into in growth (taking on their positive characteristics.) For example, if you are a Nine, you pull from Six in stress, and lean into Three in growth. Not only can these effects be seen in each painting, but when lined up, you can see the story of our human experiences carry through each piece!

And let me just say, we humans are pretty dang amazing together!

Now, if you know your Enneagram theory, you know there's a core part to this whole thing we haven't talked about yet. 

Where are the wings?

Never fear, friends.

Using a double-exposure technique (yes, think a digital version of the film photography technique) I overlaid the paths of each Enneagram wing pairing (there are 18!) to create images for every one! 9w8 is different than 8w9 after all!

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH AN EXAMPLE OF THE TRANSITIONS BETWEEN WINGS:

[Seen here: 7 - 7w8 - 8w7 - 8 - 8w9 - 9w8 - 9]

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That means, in total, there are 27 images -- 9 base types + 18 wing pairings! Whichever map you resonate with most can now be in your hands and on your wall -- a constant reminder of your beauty and the beauty of your journey!

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ALRIGHT, HOW DO I GET THESE IN MY HOME? 

You are in the right place! 

This Kickstarter campaign is the first and currently the only place to purchase these prints! We want to cover costs of their creation, and fund their distribution out into the world! There are three sizes to choose from, and all are made to be durable, ready to be displayed wherever you need an encouraging reminder.

Printed on metallic paper, they literally GLOW, and because they are mounted on 2mm styrene, and sprayed with a luster coating, they can be hung directly on a wall, sit on a display shelf, go in a glass-less frame, or almost any other standard frame! 

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 WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HIT THE FUNDING GOAL? 

The FUN has only just begun! Here's what else we would like to do:  

10K STRETCH GOAL -- NEW REWARD TIER:

 After seeing the impact these paintings can have on the community -- how it can shine a light on our journey towards health, and help us see each other and ourselves with more grace -- I want to create a functional tool that can bring this artwork off the walls and into your conversations. We came up with the idea to make a pocket-sized box set, with all 27 paintings, and the explanation for each written on the back. I see these being a wonderful tool for coaches, and for communities who want to explore the enneagram together. The cards are printed on plastic, completely washable, durable, and perfect for spreading out on the coffee shop table. I would love to make these a reality, and need your help to do it!

> > AND YOU DID IT! < <

On day 10 of this campaign you shot us past our 10K stretch goal, making the production of these cards possible! Here's a short video of their features! What you see here:

  • There will be cards with all 27 paintings on the fronts (this sample pack only has the ones that were completed when we ordered it.)
  • The back of each painting will have information on the type, and the metaphors in the painting.
  • There are additional cards with info on the project, how to read the paintings, and basic enneagram info.
  • The titles of the types on the top of the card are color coded for ease in finding a specific type.
  • Flexible, non-tearing, won't crease or fold.
  • Can line up by number, wings, or integration direction.
  •  Coffee-safe, washable, waterproof
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NEXT STRETCH GOAL @ $15,000

If we hit $15,000 before the end of the campaign I will open the option for you to get a CUSTOM DOUBLE-EXPOSURE, with any landscapes you choose! These are surprisingly time-consuming original creations using a digital technique to layer the paintings I created. Each one takes a few hours to perfect -- longer than it takes to paint it in the first place! There are many different implementations of this concept! Think relationship combination, tritype, etc.

Here's a time-lapse of the **first half** of a combination of 1w9 and 7w8:

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And the finished product as an example of what you can have created especially for you!

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THIS PROJECT?

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ENNEAGRAM?

IS THERE A TEST?

I do not usually suggest Enneagram tests as a way to type yourself. Having studied the creation of psych tests/assessments, and how to make accurate personality tests, the Enneagram is very hard to test accurately. That said, Your Enneagram Coach came out with a new *FREE* test recently, and it has had very good results. You can take it here.

And my suggestion? Look into the top 2-3 type results. There are great resources on the test's site, as well as simple references at The Enneagram Institute. Study the core fears, motivations, virtues, levels of health, etc. of your results, and see which fits you best! Remain a student, don't feel stuck, and see where this journey takes you!

The resources below will also help a TON! 

TO READ:

I cannot suggest Chris Heuertz's book "The Sacred Enneagram" too highly. It is a fantastic, grace-filled, growth-focused resource. I have mine within arm's reach most of the day.

FIND IT IN A BOOKSTORE NEAR YOU, OR BUY A COPY ON AMAZON!

Other good Enneagram books I've read are "The Road Back to You" by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, and it's amazing follow-up "The Path Between Us" by Suzanne Stabile.

TO LISTEN:

The above books can be found as audiobooks, but when you want to stretch beyond book format, here are some absolutely incredible resources.

PODCAST

Ryan O'Neal of Sleeping at Last, and Chris Heuertz of "The Sacred Enneagram" come together in an incredible podcast series, discussing each Enneagram type, and the song Ryan created for them. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THESE. I've cried at nearly every single one. Listen on Spotify or iTunes.

The final podcast Episode, for Enneagram Nine just released today (June 7th) and you can listen to it here!

MUSIC

As mentioned above, Sleeping at Last has been crafting songs for each Enneagram type, and every adjective I could use would fall immensely short. They are works of art -- beautiful and packed full of grace. (This is actually how I discovered the Enneagram!) If you have an idea which Enneagram type you might be, go check them out, and bring the tissues! "One" through "Eight" are on Spotify, and "Nine" is releasing on June 7th -- during this campaign! This will finish out the Enneagram series he began over a year ago! You don't want to miss it!

"Nine" is out! Listen to it here!

DEEP DIVE: 

Want to deep-dive into this whole enneagram thing? Then I have a course for you! Beth McCord of Your Enneagram Coach, has created amazing grace-filled and growth-oriented courses. Having worked with her throughout this project, I can guarantee that you will come away enCOURAGEd, enriched, and ready. 

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I HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

And to all of my family, community, those on Instagram/Facebook, or "in real life", thanks for letting me deep-dive into the Enneagram and for geeking out with me. Thank you for the hundreds of conversations, for the encouragement, reflection, redirection. Thank you for sharing your stories, with me. They are gold, that I hope in some way I have melted down into the very ink of these paintings. I hope you feel honored. I hope you feel you belong. I hope you know you are loved, dear ones. This is for you. 

Beth McCord, thank you for the amazing generosity of your time and spirit. You cheered me on, checked in on me, let me ramble, and geeked out with me over all of these mutual passions. Thank you for being a second pair of eyes, and for believing in my vision for this project. 

Chris Heuertz, thank you for your wonderful, grace-filled interpretation of the Enneagram. Between your podcasts, your amazing book, and checking in over email, I felt like I constantly had a place where I could get grounded, and remember the deep & good truths.

Ryan O'Neal, this project is finally happening, and you are such a core foundation in this story! Thanks for finding me last year and bringing me along in your amazing work. Thanks for geeking out with me about the Enneagram over the phone and in the studio, and for being the first person to say, "Hey, that painting looks like an Eight!" In the midst of creating your own incredible work with the Enneagram, you've cheered this on, and been such an inspiration. Your songs are the backbone of these artworks and hope they can echo even the slightest melody of the gift you've given this world.

Leslie, so many of our conversations over the last few months revolved around the Enneagram on this project. You sat on the porch with me and let me rant, ramble, process, fall apart, and come back together. You're to thank for having the idea that Threes could be depicted as a desert, for the underwater volcano in Nine, and for thinking of Antelope Canyon for Six but letting me come to it on my own. I can't think of my journey in this project without remembering all our conversations, and I can't thank you enough. Now we're 900 miles apart, but this art is forever a memorial of our collaboration, and the beauty of our shared human experiences. 

Paul, my dear husband, through this crazy year of transitions, your constant reminders were such an encouragement to me. "What about that enneagram project?" "You still hoping to launch your project in May?" And when the time came to sprint you sprinted with me. Late nights, early mornings, teaching me to use Slack and then fixing it for me when I did it wrong. You're always the strength and ambition and adventure in these projects, and I'm so excited to add another one to our list. You're my favorite.

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MUSIC: "Seven (Instrumental)" by SLEEPING AT LAST 

VIDEO: Created by Alexander Jones of DNA VISIONS VA

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