Visual Art Open Finalist

Three of my sculptures, Pretty White Bird, Sedna, Goddess of the Sea, and Neptune and Salacia have been chosen as finalists for the 2017 Visual Art Open in Chester, England! The event will be held at the Chester Racecourse, at the Chester Art Fair in November. So It’s off to the races we go!

In white waves of bliss, she flies.
Swaying at the bottom of the sea.
Royalty of the Sea

King Neptune and Salacia

King Neptune and Queen Salacia
Royalty of the Sea

King Neptune and Salacia are the royal couple of the sea. Equipped with his famous trident, Neptune is controlling and fierce, determined to win the hand of a reluctant Salacia. By contrast, Salacia is carefree as the calm sea she represents and resists surrendering the good life of a sea nymph to assume the role of Neptune’s queen. The chase ends in marriage and the couple reign together over the sea. Battling stormy seas or celebrating calm waters, theirs is the timeless battle over control and surrender.

While making this piece, I envisioned a king holding up a trident exerting his primal power.  By his side stands a queen, whose beauty shimmers like sun on water. Surrounded by tides that shape a salty bay, I watch the mighty currents created by reversing tides, and I consider the force that created them. Tides represent the opportunity for self-renewal and also signify good timing. I am just discovering how to go with this flow. Without the magic of Neptune’s trident, I must rely on common sense, intuition, and patience. Sometimes I’m better off waiting for the opportunities brought in with the tide, and that wisdom is applied to both making art and living life.

Meet Loki, The Shape Shifter

Loki's Return (front)
shape shifting in mid flight
Loki's Return
shape shifting in mid flight

Loki is a famous prankster in Norse mythology. He is a master manipulator and his shape shifting gets him out of trouble time and again. He is tolerated by Odin mostly because he is endearing. He maintains a pleasant nature, even while stabbing you in the back. He puts himself first, always, but when he is on a mission to save his own skin, he may just accidentally become useful.

Loki presented himself while I was carving into this horse’s sacrum. I carved in the lines, but somehow the piece was screaming for something more prominent. I chose to enhance the grooves by using a burning tool, a process known as pyrography. The end result was clownish and mythical. Looking at the sculpture, I imagine Loki shape shifting into a raven. He appears to hold a smaller package in his clutch; perhaps it’s another gift for Odin.

Designing Bone Sculptures

Drawing lines on a horse sacrum bone before burning.

As with metal work, I use deep magnification to mark the surface of the bone in preparation for etching or burning. This is an intense process that I find both meditative and curious. I start out with an idea for where to place lines, and then once I’m in the middle of drawing, it changes course.

When I’m creating fractals, I become hyper focused with an ever expanding surface to explore. When I take off the magnification, I’m stunned with where the lines have taken me. The piece comes to life in this process, as if some kind of universal force has been the engineer.

In the end, the pictures that emerge are the result of allowing my hand to  follow  the flow and attempt to control the symmetry. But as with humans, no two sides of a creature are ever exactly the same.

Sculpture, Jewelry, and Design