“Within From Without”

onna-whispersI liked the show title that fellow artist Onna Voellmer suggested. Onna’s work is so strong. She uses large bold strokes to describe intimate objects. “Whispers from the Moon” is a series in the Within From Without show at Lotus Contemporary in Scottsdale.

 

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We discussed the title enough and we said: “Let’s go with it”.  My own series of work was titled “Beneath the Darkness”.

I mused over the show title, looking for a hidden meaning, wondering while my mind wandered. What unconscious thoughts create my art?  What is within these pieces trying to come out?  And back to “What makes things sacred”? superphoto_creation_2017-02-14_113220

My mind wanders between the stages of dark and light and at times entering a dreamlike tranquil realm of desert-ocean images and mirages. This series features the light energy of a passing “soul” who dares to infiltrate the darkness with an energy from within…from without.

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Lotus Contemporary Gallery -7077 E. Main St-Scottsdale, AZ -February 16,  6-9pm

 

Beneath the Darkness

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Shrouded Lights 7″x 15″x17″

Latest series of mixed media work: cast resins, recycled wood, steel, and light.

Imagine the last vestige of light, it empties its energy into the desert sky. The illumination pierces the translucent layers of clear blue skies, layered with purple and orange clouds, followed by the clear blackness of space.

My mind wanders between the darkness and the light at times entering a dreamlike tranquil realm of desert-ocean images and mirages.  The light energy of a passing “soul” infiltrates the darkness with an energy from within not from without.

“The desert and the ocean are realms of desolation on the surface.The desert is a place of bones, where the innards are turned out, to desiccate into dust.seekin-the-sacred
The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being.
Inside out and outside in. These are worlds of things that implode or explode, and the only catalyst that determines the direction of eco-movement is the balance of water.
Both worlds are deceptive, dangerous. Both, seething with hidden life.The only veil that stands between perception of what is underneath the desolate surface is your courage. Dare to breach the surface and sink.” Unknown

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Seeking the Sacred II 7″x 12″x 12″

Seeking the Sacred

The last of light empties into the desert sky illuminating translucent layers of sky blue, purple and orange stratum. Cold, brilliant light surrounds and penetrates the blackness of night.

“Desert Passage”

My latest pieces explore the contrast of elements; where sky and earth meet
and where light penetrates the darkness. Translucence layers accentuate the
glimmering hues of color that shift in the light. Layers of translucent resins
create dream like landscapes and mirages. Mirages are deceptive and the small
nature of these pieces can deceive the viewer looking at the objects. I like to
imagine vast vistas of the sky and layers of clouds captured in a moment of time.
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“Desert Passages”
Inspiration for this new work comes from the desert and the
sea and where the sky meets earth and where light is
captured in a space of “luminous colored layers”. It
also comes from deeper inside-from the DNA of the
desert and sea and from the inner being of who I am.
“Am I a mirage”…Is a question that comes to mind.
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“Desert Seasons”
Summer is passing in the desert and the light is shifting
higher in the sky…we transition to fall-then to winter-back to spring and then to summer. The seasons of the desert have one thing in common…Light.
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“Mirage”

Markers in the desert…

Cube zzzBy day you led them with a pillar of cloud,and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take. Nehemiah 9:12

What does an invisible God look like? Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen. His invisble Attributes  were in the clouds and in the night sky with as a pillar of fire for all to see and follow, all day and all nightCubes in the Desert

He is the image of the invisible God Jesus

A new series of cubes and terraforms that are exploring light in the desert wilderness. The 2″ x 2″x 3″ resin cubes are like milepost along a journey, a sign to stop and rest, to take in the energy that comes only from the Light. Infused into the resin casts are layers of phosphorescent casts which when charge with light emits an “excited light” electrons. The excited light in my pieces last for a period of time as they exhaust their power. A reminder to connect and recharge your life with the giver of Light.Desert Journey Cube

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Cubes and Terraforms

As the seasons change, I am transitioning into the hot summer days and nights. My spring work included some of my largest pieces including “Lost Memories” a 7′ casting into the live edge of a Sycamore slab.Lost Memories Hanging-Yellow

 

 

Late spring and going into the summer has me working on a series of cast resin cubes. I have describe some of my pieces as “terraforms” …worlds within worlds and “other worldly”. I see vast desert and ocean wilderness areas that have been part of my entire life. Dry clouds over a horizon, light dancing off the morning water and a millions stars illuminating the night sky.

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The desert has played a pivotal role throughout history including the flight of a group of immigrants redeemed from slavery and promised a” land” of milk and honey. A visible sign of an invisible God is seen in the distance.The column penetrates layers of clouds lighting the sky for all to see and never leaving them-strengthening the promise made long ago. Exodus 13:20-22

War of the Worlds

Set on lighted platforms or as a stand alone piece in a garden window and sills. The cubes absorb light energy and exchange it as luminescence, eerie illumination produced.  StoryBox-creations as An Obliq Artist Desert Journey Cube

Lost Memories-New Musings

The sycamore slab takes on a new life juxtaposed against a corrugated steel background, like an ancient relic, a religious icon illuminating a dark outdoor space. There is new meaning in this space, the context has changed-the space has been transformed and in its center is the light emanating from piece “Lost Memories”LM-horizontal Night NIce

The wood was termite infested, crooked, twisted and weathered in the Arizona desert sun, I was drawn to this 10′ sycamore slab for those reasons-the greater the deterioration, the great the opportunity to transform the piece and claim it as yours.

I saw the wounds to this tree, the borings into its flesh and  perhaps was the debilitating condition that ended the life of this magnificent tree. I was drawn casting resins into the “live” edge of the slab, the process of restoring, is almost fetish like and a driving influence in my work.  The edge of this piece with translucent layering of resin casts with phosphorescent and pearlescent powders, has become the focal point of this piece. Illuminating the edge with LED lighting provides an other worldly appearance, confronting the viewer.Lost Memories Steel Red

During the process of creating, there is a time to let the “muse” take over… that involves letting go of my desire and my efforts and creating what God has called me to create. Allowing faith to infuse my art is a major part of my  creating process.LIght Lost Memories cool backyard shot

When I am alone working in my studio, listening to the silent sounds of the desert, I ponder so many questions, themes and challenges.  Lifeless wooden slabs confront me in the studio-rough surfaces-crevices and live edges. Hostility is depicted by the jagged, sharp pitted edges as well as the size of the piece that confronts me. This lifeless but beautiful fragment of a once prosperous living entity; 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 same challenge.

Phil 2:13 For God is working in you-giving you the desire and power to do what pleases…Him.

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