Saturday, July 4, 2009

AAW Symposium in Albuquerque NM - June 2009

Titled Moonlight at Delicate Arch, this stabile was part of the Instant Gallery. The upper portions rotate freely above the base and the moon hanging below the arch also moves. Named for the magnificent Delicate Arch rock bridge in Utah, this piece (wenge and birdseye maple) was sold to a Memphis attorney prior to the symposium.

Erosion was created specifically for the AAW Education Opportunity Grant (EOG) auction. The cherry hollow form with my performation technique and pyrographied interior sold for $250.00, 100% of which was donated to the EOG fund.

"Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder; not the stormy torrent or eroding rain; but the tender snow-flowers, noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries." (John Muir)

Journey was juried into the AAW special international Spirit of the Southwest exhibit. After being displayed during the symposium, it will now travel to AAW headquarters in Minnesota where the exhibit will be on display from September through December. The exhibit will then return to Albuquerque in the spring of 2010 for another showing.

Believed to have originated in South America, the wedding vase tradition has been part of Pueblo life for centuries. The graceful spouts represent two separate lives and the bridge at the top unites these separate lives together as one. The groom’s parents provide the wedding vase two weeks before marriage during festivities when gifts and advice are also given to the bride and groom. On their wedding day, after the wedding vase is filled with holy water, the bride drinks from one side and the groom from the opposite side. The vase is then protected and cherished throughout their married life. I chose to embellish this wedding vase with spirals to represent the broadening of consciousness, the destination of a long journey. Spirals are also found in Southwestern legends like that of Ho-Bo-Bo, the spirit of the whirlwind. The black-on-black coloring honors the work of Maria Martinez, the potter of San Ildefonso.

To purchase Journey, please contact Tib Shaw, Gallery Coordinator, at AAW or call (651) 484-9094. (Price: $2,400; all pieces must remain with the exhibit until all showings have concluded)

To see my album of photos from this weekend event, please click here.

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