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″
Wood-Resin-Steel & Light http://www.stor-ybox.com
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.
Landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes. Summer 2014 and in my studio when I realized that my work is influenced by the heat and memories of cool ocean water. In the early part of summer, I saw clouds yearning to rain, but they seemed to evaporate in front of my eyes, but the monsoons of 2014 have been the strongest in my history with Arizona.
Traveled throughout the Southwest this summer, taking mental and physical notes, observing the desert in the early morning and in the golden hour. The desert is beautiful and Arizona and New Mexico has some of the best. The discovery of phosphoresent powder has a great influence as I continue to explore the idea of light in my pieces.
I am previewing my latest pieces at New CityStudios https://www.facebook.com/events/334996503327471/ this next Friday. Love to hear your exploration as well.
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
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.