"Ascension from the Ocean Floor", 2016, (4 x 16 x 5.5 inches)

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"Ascension from the Ocean Floor", 2016, (4 x 16 x 5.5 inches)

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  This piece began with a photograph of coral, taken through a glass specimen case in a biology building at Indiana University.  As I carved through the crevices in the image, I thought of the many creases in our brains that hold memory, experience, feelings... all the parts that make up who we are.  I reflected on my mother, and how full her life was, and how many of these memories, short-term and long ago, faded away as she declined in her disease.  And just like the coral remained intact and beautiful in its' solid remains of life, so did my mama's spirit.  I titled the piece, "Ascension from the Ocean Floor", and felt some catharsis in allowing this 2D image to become fully alive in a new entity, which I imagined would rise up from the ocean floor and experience a new way of being.

This sculpture is made from an original macro photograph, printed on handmade kozo paper, layered with multiple layers of encaustic medium, intricately carved with wooden tools, further colored with powdered pigment, and sculpted in shape.  The segments were then hand-swen together, and the tentacles were added to complete the life of this form.  It is a pedestal piece, but could be mounted onto found wood and be made into a wall hanging.

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