My time in the studio this summer working on a new series of cast resin pieces. The video shows work in various stages and various lighting schemes. The direction has been set, moving forward to attache permanent bases and backgrounds on the pieces. Some are table pieces others are meant to hang on the wall. "The Descent" -"Strangers in a Strange Land"- "The Encounter"- "Seeking the Sacred". New titles and new artwork to see in the video.
My studio is full of shards, artifacts and salvage. At times, I re-purpose these pieces into my work which provides a pathway to new work and direction. I experiment illuminating the work with LED light fixtures and although my pieces when viewed in natural light are one way, it is the light effects the LED fixtures provide when viewing in a dark setting. A different connection and context is created as the light penetrates the translucent layers and reacts to the layers mixed with phosphorescent powders. With this new series, I have created a sense of motion in the piece. My mounting hardware on the wings and stingrays allows a variety of angles to the pieces. The different pitch provides a sense of descending, flying or a sense of hovering. The changing color of light creates a wide range of spiritual moods, from calmness and healing, to a sense of peace.
I have been told that there is also a sense of reverence to the work, like entering a spiritual space and confronting something that may be an image of an invisible God. Influenced by my own spiritual journey which have taken me to place on earth that I experience something much bigger than myself. I was in awe when I recently visited Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. That same awe was even stronger in the mission church Chimayo in Taos, NM. Chimayo mission affirmed my faith in experiencing the healing power of God. Thousands of crutches attest to that as do messages and photos of answered praying to healing. Some healing is in the body-other healing is in the mind.
"The Descent" is a mixed media series started in late spring and continuing into the hot summer. The wing portion is created by casting layers of resin, some layers with resin mixed with phosphorescent powders, other layers without. The outer skin of the sculpture is airbrushed with clear lacquer mixed with pearlescent powders producing a translucent skin.
These "wing" like shape are positioned in different ways and cast as two pieces allowing me the flexibility of position. The blue piece and the piece below it are positioned in what I see as a descent of a bird, a metaphor for the Holy Spirit descending to earth.
My work evolves at times moving away from the original inspiration for a period of time. That time spent allows additional thoughts of positioning and often the use of steel and re-purposed wood. From the start of creating a new series, I may see a pattern or thought to pursue. It may be a vision that I am pursuing but a sudden twist, an accidental incident within the work may reveal an alternate vision and direction to take.
I am influenced by my desert surroundings. My studio faces stony mountains and a jagged skyline, such a contrast between sky and land. The heat in the summertime consumes you and demands your attention. During the day the sun lingers high in the sky and the heat remains throughout the night. The silence of the desert accentuates my senses releasing memories along the journey, many times now with a fresh perspective.
I try to imbue thoughts of faith, restoration and healing within my work. I am inspired by the different seasons the work is contemplated and completed. The coloration of the pieces changes between the seasons. I like using a palette of blue and green during the summer months always noting that there is something about the water and the desert.
Another set of cast wings. I like the motion on this piece. I imagine a bird flying high over water and land. I have had dreams of flying and hovering, very vivid and with good control on where I want to direct the flight.
I am working on how to display the casts using familiar media such as wood and steel. I suspended a set of wings above a 4"x 9" x 4" resin cast. The translucent and phosphorescent layer within that resin cast provides a beautiful base. Embedded in this base is a cast resin surfboard which emits an eerie light in a backdrop of being underwater. Other bases I am working on are re-purposed wood.
The vibrancy I obtained when I photographed the piece was created by "charging" the phosphorescent layers with UV light and then taking a photograph in this dark setting. Its a dichotomy-I want the internal light but not an external light. This photograph was taken at night but other photos are done in very dark setting.
"Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity." Khalil Gibran
I often have dreams of flying, very vivid visions soaring over the earth' s landscape. At times, I hover over the desert ocean, the hot winds push against cliffs propelling me high above the water. At time, I am soaring over tropical island waters, above reefs that surround the island. I have experienced eagles flying just above the fog of a coastline in Alaska and I imagine flying just like the eagle. I have control over where I fly, I am able to levitate and flee the scene of danger and at other times enjoying the peace of the atmosphere.
"The Encounter II" Mixed media-Cast resin-phosphorescent layers. Airbrushed pearlescent lacquers. LED lighting. 18" x 18" x 9". Pricing from $400.00 to $1,000.
A suite of work exploring light illuminating translucent layers of resin. Several variations of this casting are available. The following titles are part of this body of work.
"The Encounter" "The Encounter II" "The Descent" "Seeking the Sacred III" "Strangers in a Strange Land" "Exodus" "Into the Darkness"
"Jehovah Rapha" Summer series 2017 Mixed media: Resin-Wood- Steel & Light. 48" x 19" x 6". A spirit being descends to the desert floor-bringing light and healing to a parched world. I am influenced by living in the southwest desert, especially the summer season where the DNA of the desert is in full force. My spiritual journey this year has led me on a path where I seek faith in the healing of family and friends. We are not given a map for this journey but the answers are available, sometimes by remembering promises made and sometimes just by faith. The wood I used to mount the spirit being is salvaged wood, exposed to the desert climate for years, it has a "weathered" look and provides deep contrast to the rusted steel, the illuminated layers of resin.
And when He came up out of the water, at once he [John] saw the heavens torn open and the [Holy] Spirit like a dove coming down to enter into Him. Mark 1:10. One of my newer cast resin wings. This articulation shows the descent of a spirit like being. Here the spirit enters earth itself. The base is weathered wood, and cast resin.