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
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.
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.
Each color in this jigsaw print is an individual piece of wood, put together like a puzzle and hand-pressed onto paper with a barren. The black lines come from a keyplate, which is a separate piece of plywood, hand carved.
This photocollage series is part of an ongoing investigation into the body as self. Two of the three photographs were in gallery shows themed on the topics of women & gender, Art as Advocacy: Promoting Equity and Social Justice for Women (Illinois)and enGENDERing Change (Colorado).
This project addresses certain existential questions about the female
body, ranging from using the “selfie” format to photographing dementia.
Simone de Beauvoir speaks of “the strange ambiguity of existence made
body,” so this exploration hopes to address that ambiguity by exploring
the relationship between the viewer and the viewed, between the face and
the camera lens, the audience and the photograph. Each person who was
photographed was also struggling with an invisible disability. Issues of
the body and the self are compounded when that body is seen as a
betrayal, through the lens of body dysphoria, or as antagonistic to the
spirit. What is hidden v. what is shown is a theme that runs throughout
the work. What does it mean to be who you were before you were born?
What does it mean to have a female body? A disabled body? A body with a
familial lineage, within a societal context? We hope to address these
questions while remaining open-ended.
Original Face debued at Art as Advocacy: Promoting Equity and Social Justice for Women in Springfield, IL at the Springfield Art Association, and will be up until September 28th, 2019!
Next up, the work will be on display in enGENDERingChange, in Alamosa, CO, in the Clyde Snook Gallery at Adams State University. That show will run from October 7th-November 7th, 2019. The opening reception will be October 18th, from 5-7pm.
Here are a few pictures of the show in Springfield, which had strong and fierce work from some amazing artists!