Bound by that which lies beneath the surface   2010  Ceramic, branches and twine  71 x 26 x 4

Bound by that which lies beneath the surface

2010

Ceramic, branches and twine

71 x 26 x 4

  Late afternoon burden of release   2010  57 x 19 x 11  Ceramic, wood and twine

Late afternoon burden of release

2010

57 x 19 x 11

Ceramic, wood and twine

  Reaping the stillness sowed in the dark of winter   2010  Ceramic and wood  37 x 7 x 3.5

Reaping the stillness sowed in the dark of winter

2010

Ceramic and wood

37 x 7 x 3.5

  Bearing the altarwood of heaven   2010  Ceramic, wood and twine  36 x 15 x 10

Bearing the altarwood of heaven

2010

Ceramic, wood and twine

36 x 15 x 10

  Hope of ascension amidst the dust of time   2010  Mixed media on paper  Paper dim: 30.5 x 22.5  Framed: 34 x 26 x 5.5   

Hope of ascension amidst the dust of time

2010

Mixed media on paper

Paper dim: 30.5 x 22.5

Framed: 34 x 26 x 5.5

 

  Years of sustaining the ascendant path   2007-2010  Ceramic, wood, branches and twine  71 x 24 x 14

Years of sustaining the ascendant path

2007-2010

Ceramic, wood, branches and twine

71 x 24 x 14

  A prayer for the long journey home   2010  Wood, twine and found objects  18 x 116 x 27

A prayer for the long journey home

2010

Wood, twine and found objects

18 x 116 x 27

  A journey towards the center   2010  Ceramic and chain  70 x 15 x 3

A journey towards the center

2010

Ceramic and chain

70 x 15 x 3

  Before friday's descent into her arms   2010  Ceramic, wood and wire  88 x 16 x 8

Before friday's descent into her arms

2010

Ceramic, wood and wire

88 x 16 x 8

  Nocturnal fear of descending   2010  Mixed media on paper  Paper dim: 30.5 x 22.5  Framed: 34 x 26 x 5.5

Nocturnal fear of descending

2010

Mixed media on paper

Paper dim: 30.5 x 22.5

Framed: 34 x 26 x 5.5

  Fragments hang like thoughts from a pre-dawn hour   2010  Ceramic, branches, twine and found objects  75 x 14 x 4

Fragments hang like thoughts from a pre-dawn hour

2010

Ceramic, branches, twine and found objects

75 x 14 x 4

  Traversing the ethereal scale   2010  Wood and wire  98 x 84 x 9

Traversing the ethereal scale

2010

Wood and wire

98 x 84 x 9

  Knowing that comes form a long inward quiet   2010  Ceramic and wood  32 x 7 x 3.5

Knowing that comes form a long inward quiet

2010

Ceramic and wood

32 x 7 x 3.5

  Least of these: broken wings   2010  Mixed media  21.5 x 9 x 7

Least of these: broken wings

2010

Mixed media

21.5 x 9 x 7

  Hunting across longest night in the deep of a winter moon   2010  Mixed media on paper  Paper dim: 30.5 x 22.5  Framed: 34 x 26 x 5.5

Hunting across longest night in the deep of a winter moon

2010

Mixed media on paper

Paper dim: 30.5 x 22.5

Framed: 34 x 26 x 5.5

Mythos of Being

Art Cube Gallery, 2010

“When Iron John had reached the dark forest once more, he took the boy from his shoulders and put him down on the earth. The Wild Man then prepared a bed of moss for boy to sleep on, and in the morning took him to a spring. It was clear as crystal and full of light.”

Iron John

These works of art come from many years of thinking deeply about the stories that shape our beliefs. For most of human history, there have been myths and tales that societies have used to inform the next generation about life and its complexities. These hearth tales or myths or parables provide ways of thinking and understanding. The stars have been charted and identified to fit religious and communal understandings. The constellations have served as guides for travelers at sea and on land, as well as icons for legends and mythologies.

The search for who we are does not sit well in the present vacuum of much of contemporary thought. This rootless, context free identifying leaves many with a strong sense that something is missing. The stories that have been gifted to us from across time and place provide much to help us counter that sense of loss with ideas and concepts rich in meaning. The works in this series reflect upon how some of these stories reverberate through my soul and find their way into clay and wood and image and twine. So I offer these works to you to think about, to contemplate, to consider what stories do you need to read, to live, to revive.