Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.

ele’ele’eke (black bags)

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ele’ele’eke is a Hawai’ian concept. It consists of ‘black bags’ in your body. These dark regions represent unresolved trauma. It is as if some part of you is reliving past trauma, which is isolated in the far reaches of your mind. The location of the black bag in your body is assumed to be a focus for chronic disease. Aumakua ( au- far travelling; makua – ancestors) are those who protect and guard people, and to protect the ohana (families and villages). Some examples of this are tiki statues. Aumakua can open ele’ele’eke and liberate trapped “younger selves” helping you accept and integrate lost or younger versions of yourself, thus helping to heal psychosomatic disease.

fotoMahaloness I make art with an emphasis on healing, using symbols and colours that tap deep into the inner self, with the aim to amend ties with ancestral lineage that have been disconnected, and offer a catalyst to your brain chemistry that recalls the child within





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Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the inner spirit and artist journey of Shane Haltman, also referred to as 'hälts'. He lives, breathes and makes art in Canada. Hälts often travels to remote and exotic locations to produce community spirit murals and paintings using available materials. He is unconventional in his approach to art and chooses unique projects and sometimes they choose him. He is known for guerrilla lawn art shows, painting helmet art for a Canadian Olympic Athlete, and once painted a magic bus out of this world. Mostly he is human as anyone else, however very driven and disciplined with respect to his artistic practice. He has experience working with the bereaved and helping people who are experiencing, or who have experienced trauma in their lives. He also enjoys working with the youth and passing on his wisdom, usually in the form of art jams. Hälts is a full spectrum artist, living and breathing art, as a daily practice, in this mixed up beautiful world.

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