You may recall, that I am the eternal optimist. I have chosen to recognize the last nine weeks as a gift. Rather than huddle terrified in my space, listening to the news talking death 24/7, I decided to use this as a healing and creating time.
It’s only in retrospect that I can fully appreciate how necessary this time was for me. Some of you know all of the things that have happened over the last three years in my life, I have not had a moment to fully reflect, go through, address and move forward due to life continuing (as it will).
During this time, I have had a blissful flow of creativity. Things that needed to come out and be illustrated in ways that may communicate to others and ease their pain or help in their journey. I continue to explore both media and message, my message stays consistent in being aware of what’s around you, recognizing the power you have to change not just your world but others’ worlds as well.
The images above show the progress on a piece that deals with 54 1cm cubes colored with both primary and secondary colors to represent all of us with all of our differences and all of our baggage, these are exploding out of a central cube of white illustrating how we all start together and we all have our own paths and even when someone chooses another path, it really just means they’re bringing new things to someplace else.
I have found in the creation of my cube series, that the process of creation is absolutely as important as the end result. I have learned to channel my inner OCD (which I never knew I had) and revel in the process and the detail and the ritual which allows me to arrive at a finished piece with great depth and meaning. Like reading a good long book, it stays with me while I am immersed in it and colors the way I view the world.
This piece is about how perspective changes as we move up the mountain of life. As much as we may want to enlighten those who are walking behind us, without the perspective of time, many will not listen.
Each cube rises in 1/4” increments to the center summit. As you approach this work, you have little to no awareness of the complete image the colored tops create. Only by walking around are you able to perceive the concentric design revealed when you stand square in front of it. (No pun intended😆). Dimensions: 24” sq x 6” deep, wood, acrylic, stainless steel, pvc sheet.
I continue to explore relationships in space using 1” wood cubes. Here I’m trying to illustrate transitions from orderly to dis-orderly, and the possible benefits of that shift.
We often chug along in our life routines, taking comfort in the expected. I enjoy encouraging the departure from routine to bring new experiences into play to open us to all the possibilities out there!
We are almost always in a state of transition, moving from one state of mind to the next. I offer visual and spatial representations with the hope of increasing awareness to ease the stress of facing what’s NEXT.
This little ditty popped into my head fully formed! All I had to do was make it in real life.
This is created with a 1 inch cube in the center, with an array of nine holes on each side. Those holes have 50 pound test fish line coming out ending in a 1/2” cube, all of which have been painted the same way so your perspective determines the color seen.
I like the dandelion feel with a twist (or angle😆). I mounted it on 1/16” stainless steel rod on cocobolo wood. Note the single, fallen piece.
For 2020 there will be a new Southeastern Guide Dog out there for you to add your contribution to! This is Penny, she is waiting for the lovely Erin Papke to come by and paint her face - Erin does all the faces of the SEGD pups I finish (this is the 4th). She is covered in pennies (except for 3 coins, 1 on purpose - see if you can find the quarter and 2 dimes by mistake - when I noticed, it was too late to take them off).
My thought was to inspire donations, so it just made cents!