TIAMAT

The second sculpture of the summer is completed! A companion piece to Scratch– TIAMAT, ancient Near Eastern goddess of primordial creation, goddess of where fresh water meets salt. Brought to you by the Maternal Mitochondria creative team.

“who invented
the drawn outline
30,000 years ago

trees sketched by fire
stand skeletal

you change your name
as easily
as I change my clothes

one moment—City
the next—Chaos”

-Miriam Sagan

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Fairy Houses

Maternal Mitochondria

In 2017, the Maternal Mitochondria creative team went to Japan. There we saw so many kinds of spirit houses—from Shinto shrines to municipal pagodas to small portable altars. When we came home to New Mexico, we wanted to build our own.

The initial three fairy houses are open! (We hope to create a total of nine). Each is made of recycled metal. And each houses a poem that tells the tale of its denizens—the supernatural creatures who work and party in each.

The Cabin is lit up from within by the fire of the earth’s core. Brownie miners descend to seek riches in the earth.

The Cantina is a way station where fire foxes—messengers of the divine—can take a break from their delivery rounds and have a drink.

The Mushroom is a landing pad for winged pixies, even as it is part of the natural cycle of birth and decay.

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Forest Fire

Forest Fire, assemblage in a matchbox, 2020

In the aspen forests of New Mexico, fire is necessary for survival. Without forest fires the aspen trees won’t flourish. They’re a link between life and destruction, change and death. Of course, with the ramping up of climate change, fires in the Southwest are also terrifying and will probably become more frequent due to water scarcity and a hotter climate.

With the addition of photography using the readymade of a woman’s body, ideas of inside/outside, the destructive and nurturing behavior of humans, and the container of “femaleness” are all issues being raised.

 

Sacred Art

These Kohen Hands will be available for purchase through the Springfield Art Association for the 2020 Liturgical and Sacred Art Festival in Springfield, IL, which runs from March 28th through April 25th.

This sculpture is hand carved from basswood and sits on a cherry base. It is an homage to the lost art of Eastern European Jewish woodcarving, a cultural heritage which was destroyed in the pograms and Shoah. Kohen hands are considered to be a priestly blessing in Judaism.

Please contact the gallery directly if you are interested in purchasing.