These hands with flowers, leaves and thorns are carved from found aspen wood. Each one is set on an antique piece of carved wood from India that was once used as a textile printing block. There are hooks on the back to hang them on the wall.
They are part of a new series inspired by Milagros. Traditionally Milagros were used as offerings to request help or give thanks for assistance with any number of circumstances, from mending bones to finding lost pets. Frequently Milagros are used in requests for healing. Milagros made from metal, wood, and wax are found throughout Latin America and Europe. They are often made to represent body parts but also animals, tools, cars or other inanimate objects. The word "milagro" means miracle in Spanish. My milagros aren't meant to assist with a problem but rather to celebrate how the health of our minds and bodies is deeply connected to nature.
I'm a mixed media artist living in the Southwestern United States. When I'm not in my studio I like to spend time outside observing the goings on of the bugs and birds and the passing clouds. The intricate balance between humans and the natural world is an ongoing theme in my artwork. I try to walk lightly on the earth.