Aethericism believes that everything that has ever happened in the universe is
stored and recorded in the ‘aether’. This record, the aetheric record, contains
the vibrational energy of particles of all, in all dimensions, in all time.
Aethericism therefore studies and crosses disciplines with all schools of
thought. To name a few: Christianity with its thinking on The Book of Life and
the Psyche, Judaism, Kabbalism, some areas of Islamic thinking, Buddhism,
chakras, Qi, pre- Socratic and post- Socratic thought, Biofield research, the
History of Art, Philosophy, Physics, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Psychic
studies with its thinking on intuited knowledge and Esotericism.
As a result of its cross-disciplinary remit Aethericism attempts to reunite the
division of the major two schools of thought – the mystical/divine with the
scientific; two schools which were separated by Socrates in the 5th century BC.
Aethericism further offers a personal side for those that can or have developed
the ability to understand, perceive or read these energy fields.
ELIZABETH 1 A.P by DEGARD 2015 - oil and paper on canvas - 56cm x 46cm
The Aetheric Record encapsulates all knowledge over all time. The Aetheric
Record is the full record held in time, space and consciousness of all that
is and ever has been, even co-creating the future with each of us.
We can conceive of a massive computer system that keeps track of every event,
thought, image or desire that ever transpired within the animate and biochemical
Imagine also that this enormous database not only keeps track of information
from an objective perspective but also maintains the perspectives of every
Included in this record are the following...
BEYONCE A.P by DEGARD 2014 - oil, silver leaf on canvas and wood - 152cm x 102cm
A.P. - AURA PURE – PORTRAIT/PEOPLE
Those who can connect with the Aetheric Record, those who see or feel this
band of energy or vibration, say that it provides descriptive information
about the person or object from which the aura is emanating. This we now
term the Aetheric Pure or Aura Pure. The A.P. surrounds an individual, is
part of an individual and is created by that individual. It is the whole person
as one is truly needed to be known and understood.
Individuals who work with A.P. include doctors, scientists, academics and
many more and those involved in the new movement of Aethericism.
A.P. offers information and energy which encapsulates the sum total of the
individual – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually; their personhood.
The A.P. emanates from the body, is the body itself and eddies around it.
A.P. may contain information about the way people are living their lives today.
It is determined by their current health, lifestyle, their personality, relationships,
passions, attitudes, strengths, weaknesses, moods, thoughts as well as beliefs
and identity. It can show the truth of moments in people’s lives which have
defined them and their direction.
The A.P. also stretches beyond elements of the individual as we know ourselves.
Genetics has discovered this history embedded in our physical self. The
Aetheric Pure provides greater evidence of our previous lives – our unique
‘soul history’. Even further the A.P. incorporates our ever present future.
CAMERON DIAZ A.P by DEGARD 2015 - oil on acetate and canvas - 80cm x 60cm
A.P. - LANDSCAPE
The A.P. (landscape) is a description of the various energies that radiate
from different places. These energies are associated with all versions of the
land and landscape. The A.P. can be perceived and extends across continents,
to entire countries, within a certain space or even just the soil of a place
with its varied and different vibrations.
The A.P. (landscape) interacts seamlessly with A.P (portrait).
Our knowledge in many scientific areas will be heightened with the
understanding of the interaction between A.P (landscape) and A.P (portrait).
Aetheric artists perceive the landscape with its associated vibrations.
Aetheric art believes that both Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists
were unknowingly attuned to the vibrations of these landscapes or cityscapes
to different degrees.
Further examples can easily be seen in genuine aboriginal art which clearly
portrays the A. P. (landscape).
KYLIE A.P by DEGARD 2014 - oil and gold leaf on canvas - 152cm x 101cm
Strong scepticism remains about alternative dimensions or realities in society.
Openly people are extremely reticent to discuss their esoteric beliefs. Scientists
openly disassociate their findings from aetheric thinking, whilst most artists
are keen to ignore this area of their practice.
Individuals, artists and scientists find themselves fumbling for a form of deeper
address with attempts to express and define a sense of the aetheric, being
frustrated by tainted language and strong societal taboos. Overall studies
in biofield technology and Western Esotericism, is still largely derided and
rejected by society.
This is partly because of the way these things are, all too often, presented in
popular culture. Psychics are found to be falsifying or embellishing information.
The imagery used for mystics is similar to that of the circus. Esoteric ideas and
people involved in these practices are purposely positioned as modern-day
clowns or even freaks.
The mysteries of our world are something by which we are to be terrified or
spooked, mystified or bewildered! The general public however remain fascinated
by esoteric beliefs. Many people have faith in the existence of alternative
realities beyond the one we all see. In private, many people speak of ghosts,
faith healers, psychics, and visions. All these views and understandings
however still remain openly unmentionable.
Aethericism looks to create new language and genuine expression thereby
allowing science, the arts and the individual to openly and freely express what
is integral to humankind.
MARILYN A.P by DEGARD 2014 - oil and paper on wood - 40cm x 30cm
Aetheric Art is a new art movement. Aetheric art shares territory with the
basic tenet of Aethericism.
“Aethericism believes that everything that has ever happened in the universe
is stored and recorded in the ‘aether’.”
An aetheric artist looks to engage with the Aetheric Record in order to produce
art. This engagement takes many forms and in all the arts.
In Aetheric Art (painting) Degard works currently with the Aetheric Pure
(portrait) of individuals in particular celebrities. In her work she reveals the
authentic Aetheric Pure of the person.
Degard was at a meeting in 2001 with some significant people. She noticed
a flash of light from the chairman’s heart area; a blue square flash of light.
She was later informed by the friend who brought her to the meeting that
this man had just had triple by-pass surgery. It was at this point Degard
realised that what she was seeing was related to the history of the body and
It has taken Degard many years to understand this knowledge and bring it
to the public. She started working with these understandings from 2001 and
in 2002, the 1st piece of Aetheric Art in painting had been created.
For the individual, who has been painted, these images are a depiction of
their Book of Life.
Other disciplines of Aetheric Art are clearly emerging in sculpture, ceramics,
photography, mixed media, installations, music and theatre.
MADONNA A.P by DEGARD 2014 - oil on paper and wood - 64cm x 29cm
PURPOSE IN ART
“Painting is Dead” declared the French painter, Delaroche in 1839. This
statement ricocheted through the art world and lives on today. This view
was as a result of the emergence of the first camera in France. Delaroche and
many others saw that photography would supersede the skill of reproduction
that artists then provided. Art needed to move in a new direction.
The camera forced art to find a new purpose. The visual world thus becomes
an interpretation by the artist and the painting becomes a product in itself.
Beforehand, art would have been the only way to retain a visual record of the
world and its people.
But once the camera arrived the product/art work is now to be admired in its
own right. This led to the revolution of Duchamp’s work. The artist/viewer’s
eye discovers art in the everyday and what the artist makes; the’ ready mades’
Post-modernist contemporary work, with the individual artist discovering
their niche, therefore emerges. Contemporary work is seen as an often dry,
sceptical commentary of modern life with reflective thinking the key to its
production. It can be profoundly ironic, sometimes oblique and covert in
Aetheric Art seeks to return to art its purpose since aetheric art is not able
to be reproduced and is entirely worked by the artist’s inner knowledge and
OPRAH A.P by DEGARD 2016 - oil, gold leaf,silver leaf and paper on canvas - 80cm x 120cm
Many artists, up until now have sought to hide, ignore or screen-out the
aetheric nature of their work. The censorship of Aethericism is almost like
a secret code to which all agree. However no one has articulated why they
agree to this.
For aetheric artists, the tearing down of this last art taboo will serve as a
new renaissance for art. It will inject new energy and deliver a stronger
connection between art lovers and artists.
Most artists today work under the cover of empiricism with little confidence
to break the taboo of dealing with the divine/mystical dimension, which
Aetheric Art addresses.
There are only a very few artists today who embrace Aethericism more
openly. Mariko Mori, is one of the rare artists to declare the aetheric intent
in her work. Shirazeh Houshiary is also inspired by Sufism and her work is
infused with its content.
QUEEN A.P by DEGARD 2015 - oil, gold leaf, silver leaf, copper on paper on wood - 29cm x 15cm
HISTORY OF ART
Reinterpretation of existing work, in the light of aethericist thinking, offers
new interpretations of art.
Aethericism offers an opportunity to re-examine the works of many artists
since the Renaissance possibly earlier, through to the present.
Artists listed below seem to offer either an essence, or in some paintings, a
complete immersion in Aetheric Art without necessarily knowing it.
BACON, FRANCIS: Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953) oil
on canvas. An undeniable description in a moment of time of the Aura Pure of
Pope Innocent X. Was Bacon’s intentions towards an aetheric understanding
something of which he was unaware?
KLIMT, GUSTAV: The Kiss (1907) oil on canvas. One of the most loved pieces
of art, in the world. The beautiful decorative raiment around their bodies is
certainly a representation of the Aura Pure of these two lovers coming together.
Essentially dramatised but it expresses the deep beauty of the kiss and its
AFTER KLIMT - RIA MUNK III A.P by DEGARD 2015 - oil, on canvas on wood - 50cm x 40cm
PICASSO, PABLO: Weeping Woman (1937) oil on canvas. ‘The Weeping Woman’
is an early, partial presentation of Dora Maar’s Aura Pure. The painting is
attributed to be a portrait of Dora Maar with whom Picasso had a love affair.
Picasso said of this painting: “For me she’s the weeping woman. For years
I’ve painted her in tortured forms, not through sadism, and not with pleasure,
either; just obeying a vision that forced itself on me. It was the deep reality,
not the superficial one.”
Aetheric art would argue that the vision that Picasso was obeying was his
deep intuitive sense, literally tuning into the Aura Pure of Dora Maar and
therefore showing a part of her deep reality.
SIGNAC: The Papal Palace Avignon (1900) oil on canvas. The energetic vibration
of light is brimming here in this Aura Pure (landscape).
In some ways this is no new news since pointillism was all about a scientific
representation of light by an artist. But in the light of Aetheric Art is both
Impressionism and Post Impressionism developing artwork using the imagery
of the A.P (landscape)?
LEONARDO A.P by DEGARD 2015 - oil and gold leaf on wood - 17cm x 16cm
As a result of its cross-disciplinary remit Aethericism questions the division
of the two schools of thought – the mystical/divine with the scientific and
wishes to reunite them.
Aetheric Art uses the concepts of a multi-faceted, ever-shifting universe,
creating art which reflects these concepts.
The notion of a many-dimensional universe has been in existence since
early theories of the universe; Kabalistic thinking details the 10 Sefirot, 10
dimensions, represented as The Tree of Life; knowledge which has been
claimed for over 4,000 years.
String theory, part of quantum physics today supports the possibility of 10
dimensions: the universe is made up of multiple dimensions: height, width
and length constitute three-dimensional space and time gives a total of four
observable dimensions. The remaining six, we cannot detect directly. Further
Supergravity Theory also played a significant part in establishing the necessity
of the 11th dimension.
These ‘strings’ vibrate in multiple dimensions. Depending on how they vibrate,
they might be seen in three-dimensional space as matter, light or gravity. It is
the vibration of the string which determines whether it appears to be matter or
energy, and every form of matter or energy is the result of this vibration.
DALAI LAMA A.P by DEGARD 2015 - oil and gold leaf on wood - 46cm x 55cm
The A.P. (portrait) is the energy around the body and everything that ever
happened to that individual. Aethericism believes this is light-conscious
energy stored and recorded in the ‘aether’.
The difference between the thinking in Aethericism and the thinking in
String Theory and by extension quantum physics is the notion of a conscious
universe. In 1982 at The University of Paris it was discovered that under
certain circumstances electrons are able to instantaneously communicate
with each other regardless of the distance separating them, 10 feet or many
millions of miles apart. Somehow each particle always seemed to know what
the other was doing; a conscious universe.
The discovery of DNA has also proved the issue of a record without dispute.
However the challenge for science is that of consciousness.
Aethericism believes that the Aetheric Record contains the conscious vibrational
information-energy particles of all, since the beginning of time.
GOLDIE HAWN A.P by DEGARD 2014 - oil on canvas - 109cm x 109cm
Degard has built a collection of work which represents iconic individuals
She paints the Aura Pure in particular of Hollywood stars (alive and dead),
royalty, celebrities, actors, politicians, sports professionals and significant
individuals known to us through current and past history via media and
Degard is aware of the referencing to pop art and the focus on consumer
culture. Her influences pictorially and conceptually are through Secessionism
in some ways and Gustav Klimt.
Photography has a major impact on the composition of her work using many
Her intent with this collection is to express the exuberant, powerful, colour
filled, and intriguing sight of the Aetheric Pure.
New portraiture in Aetheric Art represents not only our culture, its extravagance
and obsessions but further the relationship with scientific concepts.
Further to this her work is the story of a fragment of the Aetheric Record.
KATE MIDDLETON A.P by DEGARD 2013 - oil, gold leaf, silver leaf and paper on wood - 60cm x 40cm