Out of the Ashes
Origina: $2,100 SOLD
Prints: Limited edition, Bamboo. Available upon request.
This piece comes from the heart. I've been having a hard time lately, that's been pretty obvious, and felt like I was slogging my way through the burnt up, ashy remains of my life. It all came to a head when I stood there in the Museum that was showcasing my work as part of an exhibit on spiritual and religious diversity and felt completely and utterly ... alone.
I was the only atheist there. I was the only art featuring atheism as a spiritual path, and the struggles with understanding concepts like death, hope, trust.. everything intangible that religions use to explain to us. It felt unfair. Everyone else had some guiding light, some person who came before and worked out all the details. The answers were laid out in front of them, they just had to follow the light in the dark. Where was my light in the dark? Where was my guideance?
There comes a time when you realize that sometimes there are no answers. Sometimes there is no light in the dark. And in those times, that is when you make your own light. You look around you, use your wits and your skills, and you keep going forwards. Because you shine and as long as you keep moving forwards, the way will light up around you.
Beadwork. So much beading. All of the beads are either glass, or genuine pearls and mother of pearl. Mica stone that's been crushed and turned into a paint. Sand mixed with metallic pigments and then melted over the piece, gold enamel, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, modeling paste for the sculpting parts. A lot went into this piece and it was worth every single bit.