I lost my mother over this past year. Now that she is gone, memories of the lessons she taught me come flooding back. She came from a rich cultural background of natural healing and awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. I carry with me her story and the story and traditions of our foremothers. I re-enact the roles of Nurturer, Healer, Storyteller, each role playing a part in creating a space within which transformation and growth can take place. Each role is an aspect of Maker.
I’m inspired by forms in nature that capture the essence of healing, renewal and protection. For me, as for my mother, there is magic in plant and animal life and in natural cycles. Seeds carry within them entire trees. At the moment when the first primordial root and leaf emerge from a seed, a vast energy source and transformative power is unleashed. Spiraling, unfurling tap roots and branches, seeking out sun and water, embody the essence of growth and life. Fruits, vegetables and insects take on colors and shapes weirder and more surprising than science fiction. Housecats, no matter how familiar, still manage to give us a glimpse of the untamable wild. The absolute absurdity of natural forms inspires me and reveals that nature has an unmatched sense of humor. Maurice Sendak and Dr. Suess understood this very well. As a child I spent hours gazing at their illustrations- feeling taken in by their worlds.
In creating these amulet sculptures, my aim is to sprinkle a little bit of real-life magic here and there and to create a protected space for transformation. I invite you to be taken into this world.
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