Sacred Places

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Sacred lands of Northern New Mexico- The Rio Grande gorge in  the valley of Taos,  New Mexico. I try to capture vast landscapes and skyscapes in these small pieces using re-purposed wood and resin castings using pearlescent and phosphorous powders. Layers of time colored in deep purples, copper, blues and micropearl white translucent layers.

The wood-rough and scarred in the desert sun over countless years of use and disuse. Clear resin layers, cast into the “live” edge of the White Oak beams, creating a new life, like the sunsets and sunrises of vast lands. A gorge cut through solid rock, an ageless process as seen from the edge of the gorge. An eerie light in the bottom of the gorge.

An altar piece in a way, marking or reminding the viewer to stop and meditate on the creator, marveling at the creation of  the land, sea and sky. Perhaps a “talisman”  a small marker for a sacred land where the creator exists in dimensions we can only imagine.

I imagine vast landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes when I view the resin in early morning light. The steel stand is surfboard shaped, at times I feel like I am channeling my grandfather’s skill as a blacksmith. Steel challenges me as a media and I am learning the beauty of steel, whether burnished to a high finish or allowed to rust and become timeless in the process. The desert can do that.

The series are posted on my website: http://www.stor-ybox.com

 

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