"What Does it Mean to Move?", 2016, (13 x 19 x 2.5 inches, cradled panel)

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"What Does it Mean to Move?", 2016, (13 x 19 x 2.5 inches, cradled panel)

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This piece was created during the summer, when exploration of personal health issues coincided with the culmination of time spent witnessing the decline of my mother's health and life... a time which caused me to examine and appreciate my own, as well. As my mother's ability to walk changed from unsteady to wheelchair to bedbound, I thought much on the freedom that mobility allows us, especially on our own accord.  Every morning as I walked in the predawn light, I offered gratitude that my legs could carry me, still.  Having any changes in our health is a stark reminder that we are not guaranteed smooth sailing, making it vital to remember what we have every day.  At least, that is my lesson, and one which I am trying to view in the most positive light.

 I think of the many that lost this freedom of movement as I worked for years in nursing homes and hospice, and as I watched my Mama.  I was inspired daily by how they could keep a sense of humor, perspective, gratitude, and open loving energy, despite their restrictions.  Such gifts they shared.  So it is this energy and awareness which went into the piece, "What Does it Mean to Move?".  

The original photograph is of handmade art glass which I had in my collection for the making of stained glass.  I thought about how glass is made, the solid crystals becoming fluid when heated, and how they form an unknown composition, until the hand of the artist helps direct them before they cool.  When the photograph was layered in much wax, I began the carving process, imagining what some of the flow lines might have been, and creating form within form.  I then added color through powdered pigment to accentuate new and existing color. The piece is mounted to a cradled birch panel that is in a floating frame, which seems fitting, now that I think about it!  We all need more time to float :).  

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