People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler Ross
So much of my artwork relies on internal lighting. Many times I conceal LED lighting sources and use this light to illuminate the transluscent layers of resin- it reveals a whole new world, not seen unless light penetrates it. Some of the pieces use light as the subject, even though the artwork is what we see first.
Summer is still in full force and I am continuing creating small pieces-maquettes for larger works that I imagine creating this fall. Mixed media works that continue the themes of restoration and healing.I continue to work with wood and resin as the primary media. Casting horizontal layers into a depression of this piece of wood and imagining vast skyscapes or seascapes. The cracks of the wood are filled with translucent layers of resin, I feel like I am providing living water that once brought life to the tree, and rebirthing what once was dead. Its my spiritual journey of knowing and resting in knowing what provides me life and purpose.
Crafted steel stands elevate the small pieces (11″ x 7″ x 2″ ) and I liken them to signs along a journey. I imagine the passing of time and the eons of of ages, ancient lands. Many times I have pondered how an location, a remote area looked like hundreds and thousands of years ago. In the land of eternity, time is not measured.
I have added Aqua phosphorescent powders mixed with the resin casts in certain areas. Areas of the pieces are “energized” by light and interrupt the darkness.