Tiger Woman Chimera
Ikaroa: Birther of the Milky Way
What if the Elephants Acted Like Us
Tiger Woman ChimeraChimera def: an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution "A hybrid created through fusion of a sperm and an egg from different species is a chimera." Sexy Woman + Tiger= Chimera
Clay, underglaze, glaze, humor
Size: 8dz H x 18dz W
AncestorsBetween 30,000 and 35,000 elephants are killed each year by poachers. Each tusk in this sculpture represents 100 elephants. The small tusks were made by participants in meditation.
The baby elephant is standing on the tusks of her ancestors looking into an uncertain future. Some experts warn that the elephant could become extinct in the wild as soon as 2020 if poaching is not stopped.
Raku clay, stains, glazes
Size: 22H x 16 W
Bee ClockOne of the biggest dangers to humans is the decreasing populations of honey bees No other single animal species impacts the food production for humans as the honey bee. More than 30% of managed bee colonies have been lost from a variety of problems including pesticides, harsh winters, drought, parisites and habitat loss.
The Bee clock is not only a reminder of time passing for our bees but an honoring of this small creature that provides so much for our survival.
On the clock one can learn about the bees and their lives and a swarm of bees move back and forth behind the hive. A small canary is perched to remind us of the danger facing us if we don’t act soon to save our friend the bee.
Mixed media, acrylics, encaustics
Size: 22H x 14W
Doomsday ClockThe Raven appears as a mythological creature in many Native American cultures. Raven is the bringer of light and often a trickster, a teacher in paradoxical ways. As the bringer of light, the Raven existed before the beginning. As a trickster, Raven is the source of mischief, chaos, and new perspectives.
Here Raven is, sitting on the Doomsday, being his Trickster self. Here is Raven’s paradoxical teaching: The Doomsday clock reminds us that we are almost out oftime to prevent catastrophe. And,as quoted by Einstein, time is an illusion.
Clay, glazes, stains, clock parts, multimedia
Size: Total Work 68 H x 27 W x 24 D Raven: 11dzH x 8 W
Laxsmi's JoyThis piece is in honor of Laxsmi, a young woman in India. Though burned by acid at age 15 from an attacker, Laxsmi has continued to inspire and give hope to women throughout the world through her work as advocate of acid-burned women. She was honored at the International Women of Courage conference in 2014, and read herpoem out loud:
You hold the acid that charred my dreams.
Your heart bore no love.
It had the venom stored.
There was never any love in your eyes.
They burn me with caustic glance.
I am sad that your corrosive name will always be part of my identity that I carry with this face.
Time will not come to my rescue.
Every surgery will remind me of you.
You will hear and you will be told that the face you burned is the face I love now.
You will hear about me in the darkness of confinement.
The time will be burdened for you.
Then you will know that I am alive, free and thriving and living my dreams.
Clay, underglazes, glaze, smoked surface firing
Size: 14H x 16W
Mohammad's JourneyClimate change, wars, floods, drought, environmental destruction. Human actions across the globe are creating consequences that are already uprooting millions from their homes. This is a big and complex story that sometimes obscures the countless small and human stories.
Clay, glazes, acrylics, mixed media, epoxy
Size: 13 H x 22 W
Mycelium WomanMycelium is the threadlike part of the fungus that lives in the soil. It is a living organism, similar to the human brain in its function as a complex living network.. Some scientists call mycelium the neurological network of nature. Through this network, trees are able to communicate, signal for help, and provide support for each other and other species through the transportation of nutrients.
Clay, underglazes, glaze, wax, beads, multimedia
Size: 32Hx 16D
Old OneThis piece is a mythological constellation of spiritual traditions from the Native Americans to Taoism.
This old turtle carries the cosmos on her back in the center of the Lotus. Her carapace is an interpretation of the consciousness of evolution. It is said that the I Ching was first seen on the back of a turtle in a river by sages. On the shell are the beginnings of its symbols as they form. The windows represent the stages of evolution from first light to that of human consciousness. The Lotus is a Buddhist symbol for enlightenment.
Clay, stains, glazes, mixed media, epoxy
Size: 45L x 25W x 18 H
Sentient BeingsOur relationship to other sentient beings is a reflection of our own consciousness. Our fears, need to control, compassion, and our love towards a fellow sentient being reveal much about who we are.
Beside the elephant, two figures are sculpted from the clay removed during the hollowing out of the elephant itself. This physical representation is a reminder of our shared DNA and the connection between all of us, and that we all come from thesame material.
Raku clay, mixed media, underglazes, glazes
Size: 20H x 35 L x 16W
Sharing WaterClimate change will lead to more droughts. In the midst of climate change, we must also remember the smallest of creatures who are also affected by our actions.
Even the sharing of a small bowl of water can help not only those animals but the essence of who we are in our actions.
Clay, mixed media
Size: 20H x 61/2 W
Two BitesDelighted diners enjoy the most delicious two bites of a songbird served in high end restaurants in France, Spain, Italy, the Middle East, and Northern Africa These two bites are the sole payoff from the sacrifice of a life. Millions of songbirds across Europe have died in traps set at the ends of long migration routes in order to provide those two bites.
Clay, stains, encaustic, mica, mixed media
Size: 22H x 18 W