Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pasos Benditos ~ Blessed Steps

Pasos Benditos/Blessed Steps

The title for this piece, Pasos Benditos in Spanish or Blessed Steps in English, is taken from the practice in many spiritual traditions of doing a walk as an offering or a form of spiritual renewal. It may be a contemplative walk through a garden or a dedicated pilgrimage that lasts for days. Sometimes it is a walk through a labyrinth. The experience of walking becomes a meditation and each step is a tiny prayer.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Persephone's Tale

Persephone's Tale

Persephone's Tale is from a series called The Secret Garden. In ancient Greek mythology Persephone was the Greek goddess of spring. Hades the god of the underworld fell in love with her and lured her to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother the goddess Demeter (mother of the Earth) missed her so much that she stopped tending to the plants and animals and the earth began to die. As the story goes each year Persephone returns from the underworld to visit her mother and bring us spring but because Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, a food of the underworld, she must return to him each year after the autumn harvest. The found objects I use in the Secret Garden Series are old, worn and maybe a little rusty on the outside. They've seen some wear, have a few chips and dings. With a little love and attention something wild and wonderful grows out from their ruins! 

This piece is made with a vintage broken clock part purchased from the fabulous Etsy shop Anela and El Diablo 
 The rest of the piece is made with carved aspen that is delicately painted with acrylic and metal leaf

Size: 9"L x 3.5"w x 2.5"d

Persephone's Tale