Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the Threshold

"It is better to meet God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness"

~Thomas Merton

I find this quote comforting because it acknowledges that we make mistakes and that we can use our struggles to become more awakened human beings. We cannot understand the beauty or power of forgiveness unless we have needed for ourselves, at some time.

I wanted this sculpture to be delicate and fragile but also bravely balanced on that threshold (both inside and out).

My father came to see this piece the other day and went to open the door and take out the quote, which is written on the scroll. And watching it gave me a strong feeling in my own body which I hadn't expected. It just was kind of intense to see someone open up a door into another body. I'm definately going to do more interactive pieces that deal with open vs closed, vulnerable vs protected. The energy it creates is very interesting to me and reminds me of concepts we worked with in the transpersonal counseling courses I took at school.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New year - New Sculpture

First a photo of a familiar sight - my favorite coffee mug sitting on my painting taboret

Here is the sculpture I have been working on this week. It's still in progress, but I like to take photos as I go along because it is like an objective eye which helps me pick up on flaws that I don't notice while I'm working.