Nature & Wildlife Prayer Boxes
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My boxes are fashioned to honor nature. Some of these constructions contain hand carved birds - painted or of plain wood - that perch on a nest or contemplate a journey. These wooden boxes are built around simple but curious scenes, most of which are birds in their environment. Created to invite contemplation, they are filled with feathers, sticks, woven nests, dragonflies or wooden eggs. Some of the works are designed to hang on the wall, while others are more interactive - requiring the viewer to participate by lifting the lid, peaking through an opening or opening a drawer to experience the contents intimately. These prayer-boxes for nature may resemble reliquaries, repositories for relics that speak to the viewer about appreciation, adoration and respect. However, in my works it is out of respect for the nature world. I also intend parallels to be pondered regarding our own existence - how beautifully fragile and brief is the physical connection to the spiritual realm.
New material for the constructions would not do. The wood for these constructions had to have a shared history - to have felt the weather and served a purpose. The wood was largely taken from an abandoned schoolhouse built in the late 1800's. There is a sort of magic in a piece of wood that hundreds of children walked under every day for nearly 100 years. To me this is a truth. There is good wood, good feelings, and a magical presence attached to some intimate objects. I believe this about my boxes. The wood has a rural quality about it, something that feels familiar. With common material and subject, I am delivering messages, simplified and translated into parallels.
They are between all living things and the dreams that connect us all. The magic of life is about living your dream, living honestly and with a spiritual connection.