Sacred Places-Sacred Light

Light Sconce1 Fence Standard e-mail viewAs the story goes, the creation of light was the first command given by the Creator.

“Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality. In art light can serve as a stand-in for the experience of higher states of consciousness. Artists through the ages have appreciated the attractive properties of light and incorporated its qualities into their works. From the reflective gold and jewels of Byzantine mosaics to the changing atmospherics of the Impressionists, from the dramatic chiaroscuro of the Baroque painters to the electrically powered pieces of contemporary artists, each era has found its own articulation for the divinely originated illumination.” Richard Bledsoe

Somehow the small cross sections  in this series, seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth. They held a sense of great distances and the interplay of atmospheric conditions within the translucent resin casts. Clouds meet air and land near the sea. The smell of creosote, a natural desert plant in imbued in the wood a former railroad tie with years of service in my desert landscape and formerly a header in a territorial arch that once was part of my home/studio.

Light comes from two sources, a hidden LED light source which in turn radiates in the various layers of the piece that were cast with pearlescent and phosphorescent powders. An internal glowing light, a light from within is created with the phosphorescent layers, blues-greens and aqua colors.

There is a sense of reverence in the land around Taos; New Mexico, and Taos is an inspiration to my new work. My studio is both for the creation of my work, and is is a sacred space as well; working as an artist is a religious rite with me at time.I hope that my pieces  evoke a sacred feeling and can be hung in sacred places and created for prayer and meditation where you might feel the shadow of the spirit of God himself.

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40 Days and 40 Nights

The Mystery of Days
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The Mystery of 40 Nights
The Night

 

 

I continue to be drawn to the themes of the cycle of life that center on renewal and rebirth and drawing on contrast between light and dark  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.

The creative process compels me to a spirit of surrender, I know who my enemy is and surrender is the process by which we  succeed.. As Steven Pressfield  put’s it :

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the un-lived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. ” and “The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

Surrender allows me to fuse my thoughts  into the ultimate source. It is space where our lives are coordinated with God’s plan for us. I let go and let mystery of God take over.

My latest mixed media sculptures depict the vastness of nature inspired by summers trips to Taos, Santa Fe and Sedona.  I call the pieces 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. I add the memories of the ocean of CA, Baja, Hawaii and Alaska coastlines into the works, my time surfing, fishing and diving.

40 Days and 40 Nights

Mixed Media 24″ x 6″ x 10″

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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

All the best

 

 

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