“Spectral Fantasy, Lying in the sand….watching, Without eyes, waiting”
Cholla skeleton with embedded turned maple eyes colored with aniline dyes and India Ink. Walnut base.
6″ x 4″ x 4″
“The Monsoon Mud Song Crescendos with nature’s tumult as life spawns anew” Cholla with carved maple dragonfly and frog
Each of the “Dark Sky” series sculptures is triggered by the names given to the full moons by the indigenous peoples of North America. From there, personal flights of fantasy has resulted in a yet to be completed series of 12 sculptures. Each piece in the series features the moon, a representation of Virgo, my birth sign, the earth, the sun and a caption that speaks to my night time random thoughts. Hunter Moon explores the stress we put upon ourselves when we hunt for sleep in increasingly shorter nights. “I, as Virgo mediate the space between melatonin and natural night sky regulation of my circadian rhythms…“ Harvest Moon, is a purely aesthetic piece where I became obsessed with representing the dark sky by the female representation of Virgo. “I as Virgo, cradle the moon as it exerts its influence on the oceans’ currents” Corvid Moon, inspired by the Pacific North West Indigenous creation beliefs that have Raven bringing the moon, sun and stars to mankind. “I, as Virgo ride the back of Raven in my sleep” Strawberry Moon, is the given name for the full moon that appears around the time of the summer solstice. “I as Virgo, wakeful at the solstice, relish the bounty of Mother Earth” Wolf Moon, a friend introduced me to the term for twilight in French “entre le chien et le loup” – between the dog and the wolf. While there are hardly any wolves here in the desert of Southern Arizona, the Coyotes are alive and well. Their calls at night herald an alternate reality right outside my window. “I as Virgo hunger and howl entre le chien et le loup”. Thunder Moon, was inspired by the lack of the usual monsoon season here in southern Arizona in 2020. In the midst of the pandemic, even mother nature “stayed at home”and meaningful rains never came. “I as Virgo, yearn to dance to the rhythm of your song” Corn Moon, through multi-generational observation and story telling, indigenous peoples around the world have come to understand and explain the reciprocity to each other and the land that the “three sisters” (Corn, beans and squash) embody. ” I as Virgo wait…, Las tres hermanas juntas, The Earth’s bounty waits”
“Hunger Moon” North Eastern indigenous peoples had several names for the Full moon in Febrary. They all connote the hardships of survival in the cold, snowy season. “I as Virgo… hunger, as winter slowly yields to Spring”
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