When Dorothy finds the Red Shoes in “The Wizard of Oz” the course of her adventure dramatically shifts. She now has the key to come full circle to her hearts desire, to return home. But perhaps the power to come home and fulfill her hearts desire was inside Dorothy’s feet from the start, perhaps the shoes were simply a foil for the power already residing deep inside?
Its easy to think that the magic is outside of ourselves, and with the right tool, costume, trinket, or boon our heart’s desire will finally be within reach. The Red Shoes, in my solo show of the same name, represent this mad hunt for personal power.
Here is a peak of the sculptures.
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I had the opportunity to co-lead the art focused Creative Playshop at “The Body Now” Summer Retreat with Turning the Wheel this past week. It was a treat to guide our intimate class through the stages of creating a beautiful mixed media sculpture. The theme this year was “Living our Joy” and after much deliberating me and my creative partner, Dodi, settled on creating nests this year.
Nests are such a powerful image of growth and home. They encapsulate so many aspects of a healthy life. Manifesting, nurturing, protecting, growing, snuggling, nesting. Dodi and I steered our lovely group of participants into new relationships with the materials and their own inner artist. My personal agenda for the Creative Play session was to spark a new way of relating to art in the individuals. We played with the materials beyond the visual realm, relating to the way they felt, the way they resonated, the way they brought us joy.
At the end of the week each person had a perfect little capsule of the joy from the class filled with intention and beauty. I’m always shocked at the buoyant creativity each person brings to the table. Each nest was a unique expression of the creator. I modeled the steps each day by creating my own nests. We had two options for creating. One started with a decoupage bowl base, and the second started with a paper bag. I ended up creating two, while everyone else dove deeply into one creation, which lead to a wonderful depth in the sculptures. That being said I’m still very happy with my two little treasure nests.
We ended the week with a showcase at the closing celebration. Watch the Video Here.
Huge shoutout to Dodi for being the best mentor and partner in guiding this class. Love you!
My two nests side by side. The top is made from a paper bag and the bottom is decoupage.
Each magical addition added to the story and the joyful power.
On day three we shared our joy with each other by creating tokens for another persons nest. I cherish my token from Suzanne!
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This is my favorite piece from my Shrine Project that I have been working on tirelessly for the past two weeks.
Years ago in the VAC at the University of Colorado I found a small row of fences in a free box. I was immediately drawn to the scale and shape of the fence pieces and made a small set of collages as gifts for my friends at Solstice.
Many moons later I am finally pursuing the project I had in mind more deeply. I have been curious to explore themes of childhood, spirituality, and the goddess. These little shrines have become the perfect vehicle for expressing different emotions I feel toward my own spirituality, especially in relation to soul journey work I have done to delve deeper into my own childhood stories and inner goddess woman. I want to stray away from known goddess images and instead invoke universal themes.
This piece speaks to times of solitude I had as a child and the inspiration that comes from being in that place. It really resonates with me right now, as I am kind of back in that space in my life having just moved to Chicago. I am considering adding text to these works, but at the moment nothing is really coming to me. Every time I put pen to paper to write poetry or verse in relation to the images it feels really forced. I’m going to let it stew around for awhile and see if anything changes.
More to come later !
ps. I really need a new camera. The one on my phone is shot, and the little point and shoot I took to BM won’t turn on. >_<