Category Archives: magic

forest for the trees

i like the medium of collage because to me it is like viewing a frozen image from someones brain, the revelation as many disparate parts  composite and form into a new idea. or as i titled my last series of collages, aetheros portals a portal to another view, a sketch of possibility in quantum terms. i say quantum terms because of the fact that most of the elements of a collage are or have been pulled from another position, and thus have previous or current lives as different symbols, parts of other realities. this could happen infinite times.

i have collaged and re-collaged certain images so many times they are now existing in many possibilities at once. they may look very different, even unrecognizable, or appear as the same feature, in a different mood, a moment in time, or expression of emotion. i enjoy the discovery of bits of visuals that my eyes are drawn to being placed in a new array and becoming something different. i am reminded of the options we have to form realities, and to change them.

in my collage series i had several themes develop, where multiples of one idea or image occurred.  a few trees, the untitled ones, and the uraeus, named after the egyptian symbol of an upright cobra, often shown with wings, mostly associated with royalty. the symbol of the uraeus originally was a depiction of a state of spirit, when the kundalini, or life force, had crowned, reached its peak and achieved union with spirit,  all that is.

the first one, uraeus rising, is experiencing bliss. in pleiades dream, this visual is the imprint of an ancient memory. in earth/sky uraeus, also titled soul uraeus, it is in the balance of connection, connecting above with below, a perfect place to allow full expression of the soul.  together they represent three glimpses into the idea of ascension, the experience of spiritual freedom through having mastered form. in my process of recognizing and imaging the symbols, i feel i have imprinted the possibility for this idea.

in the tree series, i have three tree portals. there is tree one, with its flower, its metaphorical fruit. it is sheltering a small cat. various energies are formed around and under the tree. it is an enchanting place, safe and full of wonder. in tree two, it is a tree of wisdom. it appears to have a face, that may seem to speak. i wonder what it will say to me, to someone else.  in the third one, there is a magical forest. the trees are alive with consciousness and communication. it is like music, expressed in the light, shapes and climate, created by the density and reach of the trees. the title, forest for the trees, alludes to the loss of humans ability to witness and enjoy the natural magic of the forest, or of a tree.

i heart Art!

pages and pages of days go by
in this writer’s life
cut and paste world
collage of ideas
layer themselves into a vision
sculpting time into Art
i heart Art!

art is the vehicle that carries us back and forth through time. we become time travelers when we look at a piece of art or read what’s been written, as it has been completed at a fixed point in time, even if that time is ten minutes or many many centuries, back to petroglyphs and cuneiform. we create future time, with our ideas, both in imagining, describing and depicting other possible realities, as well as the more subtle shaping of the next moment by our choices and actions, our creations. that is the future, an extended idea of the now.

writing, sculpting, painting, collaging and music, also the process of understanding and  translating what other people’s needs are into skin art,  these are my teachers, friends that inform me along the way.  my capacity to understand the world grows with each expression, and the world grows with me.

the sculpture in the photo above is a great example for me of time travel and growing the world. titled ancestor, it was made during a time i was taking a class on mesoamerican art and architecture. the rough stone,  a mineral called serpentine, that left to nature’s nurture, would eventually become jade, was gifted to me concurrently by a friend, a jade carver. many of the colossal heads carved by the olmec culture in mesoamerican antiquity are carved from serpentine. i felt inspired by the rich, earthy green colors and interesting striations, and just dug in with my chisels and mallet. it is a fairly soft stone. when the piece, ancestor emerged, i felt surprised by the obvious influence of the ancient art i’d been looking at for three months! i realized that my own small percentage of hispanic heritage had found an opportunity to connect, in geologic time, to it’s roots, through the hand working of this stone. thus the name, ancestor. i had reconnected to myself and a part of the world culture. i am pleased with the original work that will always call to mind my remembrance.

in the law of time, when we are harmonious with nature, the only law that exists is time factored by energy equals art. the creative energy that exists is the same creative energy for us all, regardless of our medium, our skills or talents. that is why many artists say they have channelled their art, or gotten themselves out of the way somehow to let their creation flow. that, of course is why it has been said there is no original art. though all creative energy is from the same source, it can only come out as a unique expression when tapped by any individual. ah the beauty…