@constancemcbrideart - For the most part, I explore issues related to aging in my practice. I love working with clay because it's one of Earth's oldest elements. Living so close to the desert, I can't help but be influenced by it. We are all connected whether we lived a thousand years ago, 100 years ago, or are here today. There is a unity we can't escape. While I make my work, I think about layers. As we move forward and decades go by, they can either pile up or be buried deep down. Sometimes we can discard them but that is usually a difficult task.
Image 1: Whisperers was made soon after my mother passed away. She is still somewhere whispering to me about how to live. We pass parts of ourselves along; ancestors are not really gone, only their time here is gone. This piece is also about my own past lives haunting me as I age. I work primarily with clay. It’s made from decomposed granite and minerals of the earth and it holds memories. It's malleable and I like to think we are too; not without conviction but flexible enough to ride the waves of change and open enough to accept the results of them. I think about layers while investigating the changes our bodies, ourselves experience over time; layers of relationships we develop and discard and layers of lore ancestors leave behind for us to ponder. We continue to add strata to our lives. I live really close to the desert and it's an ever present influence on me. The desert is continually expanding, contracting, and redefining itself; so are we. It's a shared pursuit of survival. Time is recorded and at a certain point we reach a place where one cycle ends and another begins. The bits we leave behind continue to whisper our story and while others may misinterpret their recollections, these then become the story.
These days, I am trying hard to be quiet and still. I am finally at a point in my life where I can stop and listen. I have been practicing Yoga for many years now (never enough - but as much as I can). And, I'm mediating more. It is extremely difficult to find the truth these days. I can only look for it from within myself. Image #2 and #3: Truth from Within. Child's pose is about cocooning and submitting to a state of surrender. It's a resting pose but it requires focus. Corpse pose is about surrendering to stillness and it's actually meant to prepare you for the end of life. The yogic version of death is seen as the highest moment of life. It shouldn't be hard to accept it. These pieces are all about acceptance - of ourselves - as we are.