Often, the most trans-formative life moments start with a discovery. Like when I found out that I am artist, or when I started identifying as a gay man; all, moments of self revelation. At those times, its as if something unseen came, greeted me, and opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities of being human.
I'm still at it. Phase 2 of 4 (or 5, I like to leave room for last minute inspiration) complete. Next up is the yoke which will continue up and end with a pattern and braiding. Then, the finishing touches!
A lot of people have asked me about the inspiration behind these pieces and sometimes I don't have a good answer. Sometimes I let the 'thing' build itself and learn from it. I do know that for this series my Scandinavian roots gave me the platform in which to assume this venture. It was here that I started my quest and with out it nothing would be possible.
To summon inspiration I like to construct small objects - I usually describe them as boxes because they end up being used as a vessel of some sort or another. This "box" stands 3" and is one of a series of six. Each one is hollow containing a stone from the Pacific Northwest, so when you shake it, it rattles! They are made from wood and layer upon layer upon layer of charcoal powder producing that 'surface of the moon' like texture. I love how dense charcoal makes everything feel - it is one of my all time favorite mediums.
My contribution to my husbands Icelandic magic stave book; a photo I took while on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and a stave said to link oneself with the power and knowledge of the soul.
*To bind yourself fast to the power of your own soul, draw these staves on blessed parchment and keep them with you always.
This is from a large work in progress; a field guide style illustrated book about the spirits of the PNW, that includes maps, stats, descriptions, and short stories or poems. This one here is the spirit of the PNW moss! Found throughout the region, this spirit has close ties to the forest and is vital for its ecology.