The exhibition The Channeling is based on the real life story of my grandmother Marge Hugo and the ten year period in which she channeled the artist Claude Monet and other famous Impressionist painters. Her story - and the channeled messages that she received have been compiled into the book - The Channeling: A Series Of Love Letters Between Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Marge Hugo (1927-2013)
The following is a short extract from the introduction to the book.
"Up until 2001 - her 74th year -Marge wouldn’t have described her life as anything but ordinary. However at this point she revealed that something extraordinary had occurred; she had experienced what she described as a ‘spiritual awakening’ and had begun to receive messages from the spirit world in the form of channeled writings (also known as ‘automatic writing’). Many spiritual entities or energies would eventually write through her but most surprisingly to us all – but mostly to Marge herself – was the artist Claude Monet. The writings also reveal the brief period when Marge was able to channel not just words through a pen but paintings through her paintbrush. Artists such as Monet and other Impressionist painters including Gauguin and Cezanne began painting through her hand.
The concept of channeling was not new to our family. Marge’s sister Dee and Marge’s daughter Sharon (my mother) had by this time both done automatic writing where various energies – including deceased family members – came through to communicate with the human world. Marge’s sudden ability was therefore not a shock but the channeling of famous artists did seem to be something new and extraordinary."