The Mystery of the Resurrection

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Resurrection, renewal, rebirth and the cycle of life are themes in my artwork. I recognize that these are “esoteric” conversations but I am musing at the what is described as a “mystery” in a biblical sense.  Knowing who God is a daily dying of yourself, its a surrender for sure.  Each day brings its own theme to the process of life and death when compartmentalized in a 24 hour period. How do we measure life? By the year, decade or generation. It makes a difference. In the maddening pace of current life, life can be measured in a day vs a decade.

My latest piece’s depict the power of nature in a miniature setting. Often I think of my pieces as #Terraforms, depictions of the desert southwest,where the viewer can have an experience of skyscapes and landscapes that make up the desert and forests of northern Arizona and New Mexico. Then I add the memories of the seascapes of CA, Baja and Hawaii coastlines. It’s a heavenly vision for sure.

Spiritual Horizons

 

 

Spiritual Horizons View from a New Earth
Spiritual Horizons
View from a New Earth

 

A new series of mixed media pieces inspired by Land-Sky-Desert and Oceans entitled” Spiritual Horizons” and will be shown at New City Studio on First Friday, October 3rd in a group show entitled Land and City for more on the show visit https://www.facebook.com/newcitystudio

The mixed media pieces incorporate re purposed wood, casts resins, steel and light which have been my favorite media for the past few years.

This is my first time showing pieces incorporating phosphorescent powders in my resin casts. The effect is an eerie light emitted best seen in a darkened setting. Light is a central theme of my work and unlike previous works which concealed the LED light source, the new pieces incorporate an inner light energized by sunlight or other light sources. Unlike previous “steel boxes” housing my cast pieces, the steel stands take a secondary role, supporting the smallish landscape vignettes, yet notice the archetype in the shape of the stand.

Spiritual Horizons were inspired by my summer travels throughout the southwest visiting and observing deserts, mountains, skies and ocean vistas.  I have vivid memories of a critique from my two person show a year ago. Art critic and fellow artist Richard Bledsoe  mused “Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality”. My use of light as a media comes through a vastly different source from a year ago. Richard also observed and commented ” Somehow the small cubes seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth”. That is the influence of land that I live.  www.stor-ybox.com

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Light From Within

Light fascinates me as an artist and I have been incorporating concealed LED lighting to illuminate what I call my Story Boxes. Several artists and photographers pointed me in the direction of Phosphorescent light and resins. This has opened up many new realms to explore in my own spiritual journey and theme of Light.

These pieces are a continuation of a series of mixed media works using Wood-Resin-Steel and Light. Combining phosphorescent powders mixed in my resin casts as a source of light. Entitled “Light from Within” continues my reflections of time spent on a#spiritual journey to #Taos and #Santa Fe this summer. 9″ x 9″ x 1 1/4″. The steel stands also have cast resins with pearlescent powders and phosphorescent powders. The steel stands have a classic surfboard design that has been part of me and many designs since the 60’s.  See more on www.stor-ybox.com including show dates for the fall.

 

 

Light From Within Mixed Media Wood-Resin-Steel & Light

 

 

A Pool That Heals


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I have to confess; I fantasized about this bench. The power to #heal would have great value and I coveted a notion that those that sat on this bench would have a supernatural healing of some sort. At the same time remembered the experience of healing that I have had in my own life. How forgiveness healed anger and how prayer has been the key to healing. Other #spiritual musings included the thoughts and notions of altars and sacred spaces and artifacts. Milagros come to mind, religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico.

From this photo perspective, I am reminded of the coves along the coastline of Prince Wales Island in Alaska. I see the eye of a whale in the piece, or some deep water fish possessing bioluminescence ability. Additional photographs depict other images, but I do continue to focus on the notion of healing and the thought “Be still and know that I am God”.  Nature has a way of healing and connecting you to the Divine.

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Canyon Spirits

GorgeDynastyWEB9-6I often wonder if inanimate objects can absorb the spirit of God. I look at the rafters in my church or the concrete floors and get a sense  of the filling of the spirit even in innate building materials. I sense the image of an invisible God in canyon walls or a space that the elect are called to worship.

Continuing to work with lighting with phosphorescent powders in my resin castings. Interesting effect but a deeper meaning with light emanating from the piece. At the same time, viewing  the resin casts of these pieces through a window, provides a glimpse of wide open desert and mountain skyscapes.

Spirit of the Canyons is a mixed media piece incorporating Wood-Resin-Steel & Light.

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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