Artist Damian Ebejer revisits, through this exhibition featuring seven large canvases, the Seven Mansions written by the Carmelite Teresa of Jesus, in a simple yet profound mystical intuition. The Seven Mansions canvases were created two years ago and this will be the first time that the complete original set may be viewed in Malta. Mirroring these seven works Damian has included another seven momentary, spontaneous, divergent works that are a reflection of thoughts derived from his initial Seven Mansions. Ebejer’s visual representations of the text in itself expresses the artist’s inner journey towards the mystery which we all carry WITHIN ourselves.
Teresa thinks of the human person as “if it were a castle made of a single diamond or of very clear crystal, in which there are many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions”. Through the Mansions she invites us to embark with her on an inner journey to explore and discover THE WITHIN meandering from one mansion to another, from the First to the Seventh. In this journey she opens to us the secrets of inner transformation from alienation to attentiveness, from fragmentation to integrity, from ignorance to self-knowledge. The Seven Mansions map our way of recovery from intoxication to primordial innocence and purity. Humility and introspection, discipline and compassion, attachment and detachment, bliss and affliction, dedication and resilience feature constantly in the journey within making of this mystical writing a universal call to authentic living through inner freedom.
On Saturday, 20th October, from 10.30 to 13.00, Prof Michael Zammit, will lead a reflective reading workshop through the Teresa’s text and Ebejer’s paintings accompanying participants in their own discovery of THE WITHIN.
THE WITHIN exhibition will be open daily at the Carmelite Priory, Mdina, including week-ends from the 14th to the 31st October. Viewing times are between 10am and 4pm. Damian Ebejer will be in attendance for the duration of the exhibition; contact number 9980 1721.