I am SO excited to share the progress of the biggest exhibit of my art career...In Our Wake. This opportunity was presented to me by Perry, another art educator, who I didn't know very well in the beginning of this adventure. I have seen her detailed oil paintings at a couple exhibits that we have both participated in, and admired her skill. Turns out she was also admiring my mixed media sculptures and asked me to provide the perfect compliment in a two woman show.
So, off we went! We began in the summer of 2014 with the theme she came up with which was post-apocalyptic Florida, or what would Florida look like devoid of humans. Honestly, I was bewildered as to what angle I would approach this unique theme, but I started by researching animals and nature taking over the man made environment. Thankfully the images that I saw in that research, and lots of dog walks and thinking helped me arrive to something special!
The thing that set me into motion was the idea of joining my two loves, nature, and religion, together. I thought, what would happen if animals evolved so much that they started their own way of honoring their dead, like we honor saints? Thoughts turned to relics and reliquaries, and from that point on, I was on fire! Below see some of the progress pics that belong to the greatest work I have ever created. I am thankful to Perry for thinking of me, and to my hands and mind for giving me the ability to express myself and create in a way I never thought possible! Go to gallery under sculpture and painting to see the final products.