As a young child, I loved to draw. One day I showed a picture to my mother, and she took away all my pencils and crayons. Later I learned I had been a victim of abuse by a family member, and the drawing was likely an expression of what had been happening to me. I was too ashamed to express myself artistically in any fashion for a long time after that, so I never pursued art in school.
I have since learned to embrace my gift and trust my intuition. What I once thought to be an imperfection in myself, I now recognize as a family problem and not a reflection of who I am. In coping with childhood trauma, I have been blessed with the gift of disassociation – a retreat from the present into an inner world. It’s kind of like a time travel. From here I am able to create objects that manifest from both my pain and my gift. Now I am actually grateful for my childhood because it’s taken me to this amazing place in my life where I feel I do have a voice. I named the copper faced bone sculptures my “Prince of Tides Series” and I hope to offer some inspiration to others who may have faced similar trauma.
Out of 450 submissions, two of Keith’s pieces were among the 50 chosen for The South Shore Art Center’s Juried Show: Out of Order, juried by Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, November 10–December 19th.
BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Art Coalition) presents its 2nd Annual Affordable Art Show running weekends from September 24th – October 16th. Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator at NYC’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, selected these two pieces to be among 130 out of 929 works submitted. This is a high honor and we can’t wait to visit the Big Apple! Here is the link to that show: http://bwac.org/2016/02/the-really-really-affordable-art-show/
Hope to see you at the opening: Saturday, September 24, 1-6pm.
Sedna has been selected once again to appear in a juried show! This time it’s the Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts in Medfield, Massachusetts. Juror Irena Roman, A.W.S. Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, has selected Sedna for their 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition.
Sedna is an Inuit legend about a sea goddess who becomes the mother of all sea creatures. According to the legend, Sedna lived on the Arctic with her parents.
Her father was a hunter and kept the family well fed and clothed. Sedna, content with her life, was reluctant to leave her parents, and she put off marrying as long as possible. She finally agreed to marry a man she thought would be a good hunter like her father. The couple moved away to a distant island. Soon after their marriage, her husband revealed he was not really a man but a bird posing as a man. Sedna realized she had been tricked and that her hopes for being well fed and kept warm were nil. She feared she was doomed to eat only fish and freeze to death with no furs to keep her warm.
Upon hearing of her situation, her father came to the island and killed Sedna’s husband. As they were leaving the island, birds from all around began to avenge the bird man’s death by forming a giant wind with their wings. When Sedna and her father set out, their kayak began to tip violently in the wind. Sedna’s father decided to throw Sedna overboard in hopes that he might save himself. But Sedna kept a hold of the boat by the tips of her fingers. Her father took out a knife and cut each one of Sedna’s fingers off. She sank helplessly to the bottom of the ocean floor where she remained a powerful spirit controlling all the animals of the sea.
Each of Sedna’s fingers became a different creature of the sea: fish, seals, walruses, and whales. Sedna was said to have the head and torso of a woman and the body of a fish. Inuit hunters were known to call upon Sedna whenever seeking a prosperous hunt. To appease the goddess, a Shaman would transform himself into a fish and swim to the bottom of the sea wherehe would comb the tangles from her hair. This made Sedna happy and ensured an abundance of sea creatures for the hunt.
Keith was awarded first place in the sculpture category for his sculpture, “goo goo g’joob”. It was a picturesque setting and we loved the Naples vibe. What a great place to camp out for the day. We met many interesting people and look forward to next year. Thank you, “Naples for the Arts”!