Nique Spencer is the artist responsible for the prints shown in Found as part of his Increase the Peace Project. Nique was born in the north-east of England and currently lives in Brecon. He has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries and visited more than sixty. He has had several careers including in Construction, IT, International Development and Social Care and is now works as a Digital Artist. All this has produced a deep understanding and empathy for the state of the human spirit, within him. It was while attending a spiritual retreat, in Ecuador, that the concept of the Increase the Peace project revealed itself to him.
Peace is like love, in that it can only increase or decrease, depending upon the current circumstances, peace is ephemeral and unstable. Just as we have to consistently work to increase the love in our lives, we also have to consistently work to increase the peace in our lives. This applies at every level where peace can be encountered; at the personal level, within our families, within our communities, within our nations and at world level, even up to the universal level.
The art pieces in the Increase the Peace project are initially created by inputing a specific text into a Text to Image, A. I. machine. The A. I. produces an image and the input text becomes the name of the image. The chosen text has a spiritual and/or philosophical meaning underpinning it. The image is enhanced using a variety of programmes on the desktop computer. The intention is that the owner of the piece meditates upon the text, whilst looking at the image, meditates upon the total meaning of the piece and how this applies to themselves individually, how it applies to their family, their community, their society and the world as a whole. This synchronicity of the meditation and observation will create a deep and profound understanding and bring about inner peace, within the observer. This peace will then ripple out and up through all the peace levels and therefore Increase the Peace in the world as a whole.