This artwork was created for the DiscARTed show at the Geauga Park District. I could only submit two entries and I made four. The two that were entered are a cigar box which I call Bird Box and a book which I altered with collage, painting, stitching and sketching. Pictures will be posted when the show comes down in January.
For this one I assembled pieces and parts of old paintings, collage materials, and plexiglass. It's mounted on a stretcher frame from an old canvas. The little popsicle stick figures were made by my daughter when she was about ten years old. They're meant to symbolize us--the human race, the owl represents wisdom. I placed the people behind the plexiglass with the idea that it represents a barrier. The barrier for when we aren't connected to earth. The circle in the background symbolizes the circle of life, our life path. The hands are painted with symbols which I read about in a National Geographic magazine. Hand prints were discovered on a cave ceiling in a remote area of Papua New Guinea. They are ancient and thought to be ceremonial, ritual handprints of an ancient culture. The amazing thing is that each handprint was painted with a different symbol. Who knows what they represent?
So I was trying to link the ancient world with the 21st century (popsicle stick people); the birds represent our beautiful earth and the inhabitants of the natural world. The Owl being wisdom, linking the old with Now. My prayer is that we are wise enough to honor and love our earth.