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.

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Storm Journeys

I am  so influenced by my physical environment.  I spent 1/2 my life around the ocean and half in the desert. I continue to create pieces and images of the land and the sea  and where the heavens meet the earth that I call  skyscapes.

Light is an essential element of my work and my new series is best viewed with light in the background especially capturing light through a window and allowing it to permeate the multi layer effect. Light is a key element,  I’m often refining the surface of each cast resin piece to best capture light permeating the resin.

My latest elaboration on this theme is created by adding phosphorescent powders to my resin compounds which produces an internal light that emanates from the cast layers of phosphorescence. The source of light is created in a forbidden energy source.  More on http://www.stor-ybox.com

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Stewards of the mysteries of God

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I have been meditating on the meaning of “servants and stewards of the mysteries of God” from my reading of  1 Cor 4:1. First of all, what are the mysteries? Seems like every religion has some esoteric knowledge to contemplate or to follow. You achieve one level of understanding to go to the next level, sometimes even a pay to play scenario. And then to whom does this mystery pertain? Where do you search? The writer then mandates it as “a sacred duty”. How do I live my life to fulfill the mandate? Is my art a fulfillment of the mandate? If not, why?

More questions than answers at this point, but what an intriguing idea to contemplate, especially in creating and articulating my worldview as an artist. My latest work on my website.  www.stor-ybox.com and your comments are welcome.

A Spiritual Journey

Three summer excursions this year to Sedona -Taos – Santa Fe provided inspiration for a new body of work and spiritual renewal. Started by re-purposing a piece of re-purposed wood and thus brought new life to a dead and lifeless discarded entity. Rehabilitation of life and the cycle of renewal continued in the back of my mind.

The dead wood was reborn, not as part of a truss system in a building or bridge, but used as media for a new suite of work entitled “A Spiritual Journey”. Journeys in my mind are about trips to places, the notion of going somewhere with a start and a finish. Journeys have a start place and a finish place whether it is to a big city or vacation. Journeys are expeditions and excursions that creates memories and it is these memories that can come back to life in a tangible form. I have a thought that I am able to suspend time for a period of time and capture the land and sky from memories of the recent past.

So what is a spiritual journey? I like to think that my art is a visual marker, the explanation of the unexplainable. Creating images to depict an invisible God have been a theme for decades now. This new body of work remembers distant memories of exploration of remote areas of Mexico, especially the Baja peninsula. Water is such an important element of my work- as is light. Light is life and in each piece, light plays an important role. The mystery of the elements are portrayed in each piece.

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A New Light

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.

Water is an element that I am drawn to. The blue area is actually created with phosphorescent powders mixed with resin.
Water is an element that I am drawn to. The blue area is actually created with phosphorescent powders mixed with resin.

“Cape Redemption in the Land of Eternity” Wood-Resin-Steel-Light

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. 

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A Land of Eternity