They are primitive. The hypertufa mix creates a stone like material that is workable to carve before fully setting and the result is a sense of the ancient and old and being timeless. In the simplest of ages it was on the cave walls that the first art was created revealing stories of life. Why am I lead to create these images in stone? Are they ancient memories? They are not examples of fine art but I get lost in the carving, in the shaping of crude designs and spirals, in the feeling of being directed to create these objects. The shelf leaves the impression and opportunity of offering, making room for a small sacred object or tea light. It touches the spiritual.
This summer a SoulCollage® card came to me. This is a council card, one who is archetypal and certainly bigger than me. I do not fully know what this energy is about in my life at this time but as I make more of these shrines I hope that I learn. When the card appeared I recognized it, "that is the energy that is my muse for the shrines," I said to myself. It was clear, and then just as unexpectedly I knew that this was "The One Who Walks Gently Through Time."
As always, art is life and life is art. When you are a creative person whether through the lens of a camera, the paint brush, the pen and paper or the concrete carving it all is a canvas for growth, for learning, for metaphor, for the appreciation of this amazing life. Perhaps it is the curse of the creative as it works on you, as it makes you have to search, to feel unsettled, to look deep and then perhaps it is the blessing when a little crack in your armor appears and you see through your creations, "Ah, there, that is where I need to go, walking gently through time."