Creative journey & curriculum vitae
Before 1992, I study Biochemistry at Barnard College and go to Medical School for a few months soon realizing it is not satisfying my inner calling.
After exploring Sociology and Anthropology, I immerse myself in Fine Arts at School of Visual Arts in NYC. I work for Christian Marclay, Simon Watson and Peter Halley.
I am fascinated by the lives of female Saints and the split between sexuality and spirituality.
In Iran, the colorful play of mosaics, calligraphy in mosques and beautiful sceneries sensitize me to the invisible world. In a country where every woman has to cover up, I paradoxically learn to embrace my femininity and wholeness…
Back in NYC in 1994, I am interested in using the alphabet and colors to bring back a sense of sacredness and wonder. I work for Mary Heilmann.
Before walking the Camino from the Spanish Pyrenees to Santiago del Compostella in 1999, I depict the word and its vibrant energy.
My intention to walk the Camino is to make peace with my Christian roots as I had been exploring Islam, Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism ...
On the Camino, I am inspired by Thich Nhat Hahn's walking meditation and repeat thank you with every step. Even though I walk the camino on my own, I feel supported and safe.
My true epiphany comes upon my return, in my studio. I start to paint landscapes inspired by the photographs taken on the camino. Faces starts to appear in the paintings.
Before September 11, 2001, I paint the energy fields I feel within and around me.
Right after September 11, I could no longer use oil paint.
Before, oil had been an extension of my fingers.
I live walking distance to the Twin Towers.
I start to paint with my eyes blind-folded using water-based paint. Onto which I draw the outline of a bird using a white pencil.
I go from apparent knowing to true unknowing, from outer to inner.
I switch from heavy-duty stretcher bars to hula-hoops onto which I stretch fabrics, napkins, ziplock bags.
I paint her inner landscapes. I sow spirals.
I draw and crochet mandalas wherever I go, on subways, on airplanes, in waiting rooms.
I still do, especially when I am at a lecture. Not because I am bored, it helps me connect and listen to what is said behind the words.
In New York, I teach art and yoga to children and adults from 1997 until 2011.
I love to inspire children and adults to experience their energies in their bodies and connect to their inner well. I write and illustrate a book on the eight knights of love and the doorways in our bodies connecting the physical to the non-physical, also known as the chakras.
By 2009, I paint with both hands uniting the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
I take pictures of everything I feel is beautiful and vibrant, a drop of water, an object on the sidewalk, light reflection on glass.
In 2010, the kaleidoscopic mandala is officially born. It is my intention that these kaleidoscopic mandalas, now called KaleiStars, celebrate our inner beauty, mirror the magical stuff we are made of, the beautiful beings we truly are. And the breath that connects us all.
darcie star odom
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1964
1988 – 1991 School of Visual Arts, BFA (Fine Arts), New York, NY
1983 – 1987 Barnard College, BA (Biochemistry), New York, NY
1964 – today Life !…
2004 Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training Certification for children age 2-7, NYC
2004 Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training 1 & 2 Certification for toddlers to teenagers, NYC
2000 Reiki I, II, III and Master Certification, NYC
1998 – 1999 Prana Yoga Teacher Training Certification, Open Center, NYC
1983 – 2013 workshops on holistic medicine, Shiatsu massage, Healing arts, Buddhist & Yoga retreats, Shamanic journeys, icon painting, …
From 1998 until 2011, parallel to art making, I teach art and yoga to children and adults in New York City and Connecticut, in private schools: Berkeley Carroll School, Packer Collegiate Institute, Waterside School, Choo Choo Train School, in Brooklyn, NY;
at the YMCA; privates and in my space.
Gallery and Artists Assistant
From 1989 through 1998, I work as an administrative assistant for a NYC gallery: Simon Watson; and as an adninistrative and studio assistants for NYC artists: Christian Marclay, Peter Halley et Mary Heilmann.
Tarot reader since always, my father used to read cards every morning at the breakfast table. She now ‘reads’ using the KaleiStars.
"Love Is Who We Are", Namaste Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA
“Liesse”, The Business Habour, Geneva
“Peintures, œuvres sur papier, KaleiStars”, Salle Araucaria, Commune de Saint-Prex, Saint-Prex
“KaleiStars”, Centre de Soi, Préverenges
“KaleiStars”, Rox & Co, Morges
“The Spiral to Inner Peace, from Fear to Love with Faith“, WIN Conference, Rome
“The Emotional Way, from Fear to Love with Faith“, Chateau de Bossey, Bogis-Bossey, Geneva
“Étoiles de lumière“, Debiopharm Group, Lausanne
“Joie de vivre“, Castel Bois-Genoud, Crissier
“L’amour, c’est maintenant“, Salon du Mieux-Vivre, Fribourg
“Étoiles kaléidoscopiques“, Farvagny, Switzerland
“Amour et lumière“, Ste Anne, Fribourg
“Love and Light“, Temple des Pâquis, Geneva Yoga Music Festival, Geneva
“Aime ce que tu désires, désire ce que tu aimes, mandalas kaléidoscopiques/carrés de coeur“, Les Hauts de Genolier, Suisse
2012 – 13
“L’Art d’être présent, mandalas kaléidoscopiques – carrés de coeur“, Insens, Genève, Suisse
“BALANCE/PRÉSENCE“, vitrines d’art contemporain, oloap, Morges, Suisse
“Let the Heart Sing … “, Yoga Journal Conference, NY, NY
“Infinite Bliss“, Lolita Bar, NY, NY
“Expressions of Pleasure“, Dietz Gallery, NY, NY
“Dialogues between Heart and Mind, the way home is“, 7th & 2nd Gallery, NY, NY
“The Road to Santiago del Compostela“, Dietz Gallery, New York, NY
“The Swim Series, Part I“, Galerie Potterat, Lausanne, Suisse
“Paintings“, Richart, New York, NY
“Symphonies in Tiles“, 55 Vandam Street, NY, NY
“Perspectives“, curated by Brenda Harrop, Pacific Design Center, Blue Building, Gallery B228, West Hollywood, CA
IMD, curated by Artraction, Lausanne
Swiss Art & Design, Genève
Artraction, La cité du temps, Genève
”Space Oddity“Artraction, Genève, CH
Car’Art, Crissier, Switzerland
Atlantic Avenue Art Walk, New York, NY
BoCoCa Arts Festival, New York, NY
“Homegrown“, curated by Renée Riccardo, David Krut Projects, NY, NY
“Trippy World“, Baron/Boisanté Editions, NY, NY
“Very Large Array“, Debs & Co, NY, NY
“International Think Dinky“, Modern Museum, Durham, NC
“Open Book, The Fourth Annual Exhibition of Art and Text“, Barnard College, New York
“The Cadavre Exquis“, The Drawing Center, NY, NY
“Women of the 90’s“, curated by Jeanne Siegel, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Simone Reymond, “Une explosion de couleurs”, Journal de Morges, vendredi 20 janvier
Interview by Virginie Claret, “Les KaleiStars d’Anne-Françoise Potterat”, La Voix des Femmes, September
Alexandra Budde, “Quand la création digitale tisse des liens avec une vision chamanique”, La Côte, May 25
Kaleidoscopic mandalas: an interview with yogic artist Anne-Françoise Potterat, gatheryoga.com, January 22
2012 – 13
SUR • LA • TERRRE
The L Magazine, 15-28 octobre
Ginza, Tokyo, 1, Janvier
Edith Newhall, “Group Shows Not To Be Missed”, New York Magazine, 13 septembre
Kim Levin, “Trippy World”, Village Voice, 13-19 octobre
Edith Newhall, “Anne-Françoise Potterat”, New York Magazine, 8 avril
Jérôme Ducret, “Le Mot et le Tableau”, 24 Heures, samedi-dimanche, 6-7 juillet
Time Capsule, A Concise Encyclopedia by Women Artists, edited by Robin Kahn
“The Artist’s Life in a Storage Cubicle”, New York Times, Dimanche 12 septembre