Mercy Seat

20151213_143924_resizedMy deepest desire is creating work that brings forth my spiritual thoughts, it can be difficult using the mixed media that I use. My latest pieces fuses four medias; Wood-Resin-Steel & Light into a work that displays my spiritual thoughts. As difficult as it is, prayer and meditation brings things together, and helps me explain the hidden realms that God has created and allowed me to explore.

"Healing is...in the Cloud"On top of the Ark of the Covenant was a lid called the mercy seat on which rested the cloud or visible symbol of the divine presence. Here God was supposed to be seated, and from this place He was supposed to dispense mercy to man when the blood of the atonement was sprinkled there. In a way, the mercy seat hid the people of God from the condemning judgment of the Law. The atonement for sin was completed once and for all with the price paid by our messiah, Jesus Christ. Our sins have been concealed as east is to the west. I am thankful for that revelation and vision and have sat on this bench experiencing this profound truth.

From a spiritual sense, surrender, restoration, mercy and healing are are the themes in my work, sometimes cleverly disguised as artwork. This work entitled “Ancient Memories”, helps me explain my own spiritual side. At the same time, memories of my spiritual journey area present; they are special times in the wilderness, often memories of surfing, fishing or diving,  or my awe looking at the stars in remote places and realizing my own surrender and blessings that have followed. My inside world is right with God.

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My website has more of the process of creating my pieces. The “glow” you see is phosphorescent powders mixed with resin. This is my second and what I call a lesser light. I use a Ultra Violet flashlight to excite the phosphorescent powder which glows for hours.  I seem to connect with the DNA of the Alligator Juniper wood and I get a sense of layers of time. When working with the resins, I am going back and forth with the light on and lights off to see the colorization.  I seem to see a somewhat eerie landscape usually I imagine places near the sea where I can hear the sound of whales migrating and hear the silence of the desert.

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New Visions

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And then God answered: “Write this.
    Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
    so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
  Ancient Memories

New work using native woods. Creating life what once was dead and bringing light into darkness.

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“Ancient Memories…Refuge”

I saw the deep borings in the wooden slab of White Oak and began exploring the notion of “refuge”.  Something was attracted to live within this part of the tree, something sought refuge and existence in this fortress, I could see the microcosm when looking closely. At the same time, the pattern in the wood and its DNA reminded me of desert landscapes from the southwest; the vast areas of wilderness.

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I began to create layers of air and sky by casting resin layers, relying on lost memories of desert sunsets above a remote beach. There were memories of clouds in the early morning and light at the golden evening hour. The various translucent layers, some with pearlecent and phosphorescent powders mixed with resin, emit an “other world” atmosphere. Immersed within the sky are spherical planets  that, provide an “other” world dreamlike hallucination .TAbleRefugeon Path FBMedium Web view

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle” says Walt Whitman and I wanted to create and capture  these moments.

The work “Refuge” is cocooned in light; a light created with LED lighting that I call the great light and phosphorescent  light, the lesser light. The lesser light is “charged” by the LED light and continues to radiate “stored” energy as “light” long into the darkness.

Light provides healing according to popular studies. Light is an element and theme in my work while I explore the idea of the spiritual powers of healing and light. Healing became an influence in my work while researching and understanding healing. Embedded in all my recent work is earth from mission Chimayo outside Taos, New Mexico. Chimayo has been called “a place of healing”, http://taospueblo.com/ . I saw thousands of prayers posted as photos, hundreds of crutches hung on a wall and realized this too was a place of refuge. Many prayers are answered but many times it is not “God get me out of this” rather God get me through this. The more I meditate in prayer, the more I know that healing is much about surrendering.

There is something special about the wilderness-the quiet and solitude, marveling at the beauty created by God. It is a spiritual experience for me. The same with creating art, a spiritual discipline for me, much like  prayer.

I often think of the quote;

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The process of creating this piece allowed me to reveal the mysterious realms of native folklore and culture.  In this piece, the elements of sky, fire, earth and air are my way of capturing the essence of God. God is in the very nature of each element.Refuge Close Up

“Ancient Memories”…Refuge” 65″ x 20″ x 2″ White Oak, cast resin layers, LED lighting. I had many ideas, wishes and fantasies creating this piece of refuge and prayer.

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“an Invisible God”

.Close up LED In the CloudsHow to imagine an “Invisible God”…so abstract but a thought that has taken over my imagination and my artwork

This journey began visiting churches and basilicas in Barcelona, Spain.  The church Sagrada Famila is famous worldwide and has been under construction for over a 100 years and should be complete by 2025. Then there is the church in Chamayo, NM where a small Catholic church is the site of great healing miracles, attributed to dirt around the area that provided many with healing miracles.  From my world view, church buildings were built to inspire us to focus on God. There were created to provide hope and to point our lives away from the earthly realm and focus on the heavenly beyond. Both church’s focus on God, connecting us to the heavenly realms, and encouraging the participant to focus on “looking” up.

My artwork focused on “this” invisible God who showed Himself to the people in a many different ways but my focus has been on the Pillar of Cloud, guiding the mass exodus during the day in the desert, and at night as a Pillar of Fire providing the escaping masses, a guiding light.Close-up-Iris-Blur

According to the story, God was visible…in a desolate desert, guiding the route and lighting the path and providing evidence of His existence. Exodus 13:20 is the start of the story, where now God exits the burning bush to emerge as a “Cloud” and a “Pillar of Fire”.

My artists persona wanted to create this vision  which led me to explore the mysterious realms of native folklore and culture, and the grandeur of a culture exposed to Christianity 2,000 years ago.  “In the Cloud” began as a collage of cast resin and wood pieces with an intent to capture an image of an “invisible God”.  In these pieces, Earth’s elements of sky, fire, earth and air are my way of capturing the essence of God. God is in the very nature of each element and represented by Light, Clouds and Fire.

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“A Remembering Place”

The Remembering PlaceTwo types of light pry open the darkness: a light created by photoluminescence shines in stark contrast to LED lights penetrating the layers of resin casts. Two lights playing different roles compete for our attention.

Layers of color: sky blue-micropearl white and grean pearlescent pigments are cast with phosphorescent green and blue powders. The lights fight for an interchange of energy and dominance. Weathered wood contrasts with the liquid surface of the resin casts while a high gloss lacquer on a blue/black and rust patina steel, provides a surface that casts strong shadows.

The act of remembering evokes many emotions and I hope that my pieces can contribute to memories of peace, acceptance, healing and solace. There are past hurts that cannot be forgotten but can be healed. There are loving memories of early adventures and relationships. Memories are shaped in positive and negative ways, by our interpretations.

God is love and meditating on love is meditating on God.

“A Refuge”

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“A Refuge” is nearing finished, which is a magic moment for me and many artist I know.Some type of small animal sought refuge in this piece of White Oak. The refuge was carved out by some type of bug, and the hollow became large enough to provide sanctuary to some type of bird.

A mixed media work incorporating resins, colored with opalescent and pearlecent earth powders. Resins mixed with phosphorescent powders and cast in layers to produce an internal illumination when charged with ordinary light and super charged with UV lighting. Illumination is a key element of the work and each piece takes on a different look when viewed in a darkened setting. The translucent layers glow in the spot lights from underneath. The elemental themes of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are present… but there is an emphasis on the “fifth” element; the element which describes matter beyond the material world. An invisible realm in existence before existence began.

I’m inspired by the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico, connected to the cycles of life and the seasons.  I am exploring the panorama of desert skies, the interaction of light at sunset, sunrise and twilight. At times I see water-less clouds teasing a parched land, or violent storm clouds bringing ranging floods. Desert sunsets are a gift and one that I experience from my studio every day.

Water is a renewing element, water cleanses and brings new life and it is very precious in the desert. And yet,  I keep returning to the sea and as I explored this piece of White Oak, I could feel the edge of the wood and imagine a beautiful wave cresting and breaking on some imaginary beach I’ve created in my mind. I imagine beautiful things in heaven and I am exploring beautiful things on earth. I’m reminded how blessed I am.

More art work on my website http://www.stor-ybox.com

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On Earth as it is In Heaven

OnEArthAnna4Table Beautiful Medium Web viewA new body of work emerges using my favorite media: Cast resin, opalescent earth powders, steel, and self illumination. Illumination is a key element of the work and each work piece takes on a different atmosphere when viewed in a darkened setting. The elemental themes of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are present… but there is an emphasis on the “fifth” element; the element which describes matter beyond the material world. An invisible realm in existence before existence began, present at the beginning. OnEArthAnna4Table Beautiful2The ” On Earth as it is In Heaven” series, is an artistic depiction of a “realm” of time, space and the omnipresence relationship of the Creator. I visualize ancient seas and reefs, rugged mountain ranges, and translucent skies with imaginary dry clouds.These are recurring themes in this new body of work. My color palette is derived from the desert southwest where it meets the ocean, places well known to me.  My color palette consists of rust, ochres, turquoise, blues, greens, deep russet red, pearl white and shades of violet.

Phosphorescent powders mixed with resin are cast into a live edge of white Oak and provides an eerie glow.Wood-Patina Steel-Resin Casting and LightOnEArthAnna4Table BeautifulwSpirit onthetableLarge e-mail view