Flight and The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey, encaustic mixed media, 12×16 inches
Currently at Lark and Key Gallery

This encaustic and mixed media piece is currently at Lark and Key Gallery for their 10 Year Anniversary exhibit called Flight. Congratulations to the wonderful team at Lark and Key on their 10 year anniversary! I’m honored to be part of the gallery and wish them many more years.

When I heard that the exhibit was called Flight, I knew I would be sending them some birds. But I also wanted to expand beyond that. I made a list with my daughter. We came up with bees, obviously since at that time I was working on my hive, a variety of insects, and then I thought of my favorite winged seed pods- samaras, aka helicopters.

As a child, and even now, I love to stand underneath a maple tree on a windy day and be surrounded by the twirling winged seeds. My affections extend to acorn hats as well that fall from the oak trees. It really is such an amazing process when you stop to think about it- the long descent of the seeds and nuts from these towering giants overhead. And then the chances of that seed/nut finding just the right conditions to sprout and take root. And then the years that must pass for the seed/nut to turn into a sapling to turn into a tree and grow and grow and grow.

Flight down to the ground and then growth back up to the sky. A beautiful and sacred journey.

There is a way to see inside
By looking directly through
to seed or marrow

Within the bone vessel
a world is made
Red and milkweed
it flows between us like

Within the seed’s case
a secret is held
Its fertile whisper
shapes a song
-Joan Halifax

If you are in the Charlotte area, the opening reception for Flight is this Friday, February 2nd during the South End Gallery Crawl from 5-8pm.
10 Year Anniversary Exhibition

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