I was. I am. I will be.
What does it mean for the soul to fly?
set wheels on the long runway of Nebraska
knee deep in the grasslands
gain wind over the high prairie
rise on the thermals where the prairie gives way to the foothills
hear the whispers of the ancients rise out
of the layer upon layer of rock
launch skyward where the mountains kiss sky
allow clouds to soothe soul
finally, truly, feel oneself
Where to begin?
I want to say covid f***ed some things up. And surely it did.
But in all honesty, covid allowed a time of reflection on all that has been lying under the surface…waiting to be addressed.
Liminal is a space of transition.
I am fully in that space.
And if we are all honest with ourselves, we are all in that space: deciding what feeds the soul, letting go of that which does not feed our souls.
I feel as if the way the foothills pile up on themselves, each layer revealing and hiding a new reality every day, shows an intense generosity.
I lose myself daily in the beauty of that landscape.
This body of work captures my interpretation of that changing, elusive space, a space that is the transition point between the flatlands of the prairie of my youth, and the soaring heights of the mountaintops that represent the life I choose to fashion for myself moving forward.
I will be.
All works in this exhibition are silk encaustic on panel. Each silk piece is hand-dyed and then adhered to panel using encaustic wax medium. This body of work was inspired by the ever-changing beauty that the foothills of Colorado offer.
Liminal comes from the latin “limen” – threshold. Liminal space is a place of transition. The foothills I live near are the physical place of transition from the high prairie to the mountains.
This exhibition has become my own exploration of what it means to be a human in transition during a time when the entire world is occupying a liminal space (culturally, economically, physically, emotionally, the list goes on).
The exhibition can be viewed in person at Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, located at 310 N Railroad Ave, Loveland, CO, through July 25. Please contact the gallery at email@example.com or call 970-663-5555 to purchase artwork from this exhibition, or to make appointments to view the work (for groups larger than 4). https://www.artworksloveland.org/covid
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