Lost Memories Reclaim & Restore

LostMemoriesAgainst Gate Sepie WEBThis termite infested, weather worn, crooked wooden slab looked perfect for reclaiming. What I did not expect was reclaiming the lost memories recollected during the process. I will admit there were many “inner hostilities” I confronted during the process. Some of memories of the inner hostilities came from the raw and rough nature of the wood. Naturally, I wanted to control the process of reclaiming this piece, the twisted wood was hard to control, it was heavy and awkward and  the numerous pores, crevices and holes confused me…so much to heal to bring this piece back to life.

slabs 12-18An interesting piece of wood hidden in a 4 acre lumber yard. The piece was hidden in a stack, hard to see and hard to get to, I climbed around the yard looking for the right piece and after moving other slabs, it seem that I got to my prize. I think we may have chosen each other.

 

Larry Art (1 of 1)When I am alone working in my studio, listening to the silent sounds of the desert, I keep pondering the restoration of life… especially mine. There was a sense of hostility and confrontation looking at the lifeless slab lying on the table. The hostility is depicted by the jagged, sharp pitted edge as well as the size of the piece. This lifeless but beautiful fragment of a once prosperous life; a majestic Sycamore tree existing in the wilderness was my task for reclamation. I am certain, that when God saw my life- He saw the challenge of my life. Where sin abounded, grace abounded more.

 

“Lost Memories”…Resurrection

Lost Memories Night Shot- 1-16Termite infested and weather worn; a crooked wooden slab… perfect for reclaiming and restoring lost memories. Inner hostilities confronted the lost memories at every turn and I realize how life shapes these thoughts. I’m aware of these forces fighting within me. There are  jagged and sharp pitted edges shaped by nature and the exposed elements, a lifeless but beautiful fragment of a once prosperous life; a majestic Sycamore tree once living the wilderness experience to its fullest.

 

 

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The  process of creating my art becomes a”fetish” experience, a repetition of shaping, smoothing and sanding translucent layers of resin layers cast into the decayed live edge of wood. It is like providing life in the dead arteries of the tree. I seem to work very hard doing this. It is hard work to regenerate this seven foot piece…but I must, its that inner conflict and hostility and good must prevail.

Dark MemoriesLight beckons the viewer to experience light, its an “eerie” glow that lasts well into the night. The light beckons the viewer to touch the smooth and now alive and transformed piece of wood. Light brings life to art and to life itself.

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Exploring the Invisible

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How do create images of the invisible?  Can they be mirages? Or dreams? Or are they hallucinations? I have pondered this conundrum for some time now and somehow my artwork answers that question with memories of wilderness experiences. There is something about being absolutely alone under a big sky or vast ocean.

My latest work is much larger in scale. I use colored translucent layers of resin mixed with pearlescent & phosphorescent powders and cast onto the “live edge” of native Arizona woods. I have always consider myself a landscape painter and now entering a new phase as a sculptor. The “landscapes” created in my work are  memories and images perhaps even mirages of undiscovered realms in the desert and along the shores of oceans.SuperFilter.jpg

LED lighting illuminates the translucent layers of resin and “charges” other layers of phosphorescent powder cast in the resin. An eerie landscape emerges as this light diffuses throughout the piece. I love how light penetrates darkness. I often muse about my work and how I prefer to see it in very dark settings. Part of that thought come from a sense of reverence that somehow light penetrating the darkness allows..I think its a primal force. Ancient Memories of a Whale

Sitting on the pieces allows me to somehow “connect” with the DNA of the piece of dead wood, now resurrected to a “new life”. feeling the wood and the resin arouses memories of time in the desert and there is something almost like reading braille when I run my fingers and hand along the  highly polished and smoothed wood and resin. One such edge on one of my pieces reminds me of surfing this undulating gift from the sea, imprinted on my mind forever. Ancient Memories

At times I feel like I’m an alchemist working late into the night casting layers of thought and creating something from “base” elements into something that somehow points to something spiritual…and that has to be God.Lost Memories-Steel Background

 

 

I experience the world created by the Creator. When I am working in my studio and creating work, I am on a spiritual journey and the right place to be in.

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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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“Transparent Memories”

The “act” of layering, weaving and assembling is a new process in my latest work. Working on new pieces that have a theme of “healing”, where I encounter memories of drowning in my life. At the same time, wondering about the roots of the sea in my life far from an ocean in the desert. This piece seems to make connections and connect dots of memory. There is a sense and emotion of surrender. Healing takes place in the act of surrender…surrendering to healing. “Ancient Memories are…in the Cloud” outlines two whales who once lived in the shallow seas of Arizona during the Triassic period. The outline of a Sperm whale encases the entire piece while the ghost like image of a Humpback whale emerges from what at first looks like a mountain range. The whale’s dorsal fin provides a sense of movement flowing through that primitive sea.

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop”. Rumi

I sense the DNA of trees, rocks and eons of time and the drop from the ocean contains the entire memory of a distant and primitive time.

Ancient Memories Like the rings of a tree, the translucent layers relate to time, and a distant space of land, sky and sea the one that has been  evolving over millions of years. Ancient translucent seas with turquoise seas, and cloudy summer vistas hover over a desert wilderness.

I know I have been here before…but its only an ancient memory now.

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“Ancient Memories are…in the Cloud”

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Beyond but beneath the obvious, a story emerges from a cutting  of alligator juniper, a lifeless slab of wood “beached” in my studio for over a year. I often looked at this piece of wood, imagining a design that never took place. Something else had to be released and it was an image created millions of years ago and now being revealed through the DNA of the wood and the mind and hands of a artists craftsman.

The whale has been released from its captivity, the DNA of eons of memories and layers of times ancient forests and a shallow sea filled with life. My imagination took over, remembering the times spotting whales against the backdrop of an expansive and seemingly empty sea, many times framed by the dramatic horizontal image where sky meets ocean. The composition of the piece with its long horizontal lines reminds me of the vast wilderness places; secluded mountains and beaches, the heat of the summer and the solitude the wilderness provides.I have had intimate moments with this creature in the wilderness and that was my direction and approach.


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I feel as if I am “hovering” over the scene, exploring what might be here, looking for waves, or fish. I realize I have flown over these coves, physically and meta physically. Maybe there is a connection for this piece of Arizona wood and the desert landscape. I think of the past life of this tree, musing over the DNA, perhaps dating back to the Jurassic period, when great whales and fish inhabited a  large inland and shallow sea that once was here in Arizona.


I cast the 67″ horizontal edge, vertically, allowing me to create layers of sky from my imagination. Distant green lights the color of an aurora borealis, contrast with the brilliant reds of sunsets and twilight times. The clear cast layers and multiple “spheres” describe a place of planets and distant stars. Thin blue and white layers reflect an ancient ocean where it meets an ancient land.

More musings to come as I continue to create the story of this piece.

62″x24″x3″ Alligator Juniper, cast resin layers.

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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.

Chimayo Snip InteriorSagrada FamilaGod is… in the clouds and in the sky and on this earth.

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