Sunflower The Siddebah, 30″ x 10″, 2006
The celebrative figures of The Goddesses were born from Colorado Trees. Their fallen branches were gathered on walks in the woods, and in my Denver neighborhood after snowstorms. They are Sumac, Redbud, Catalpa, Pine, and other varieties. Each one has her own special tree spirit and body language.
They became sculptures in the artist’s Studio ~ layered with armatures of recycled paper, paper clay, and acrylic paint, then embellished with bells, beads, semiprecious jewels, cloth, forest materials, feathers, shells, and plants. So adorned, they were reborn as dancers and goddesses — harkening from deep in the earth, then reaching, surging, and leaping skywards — even to heaven.
The Goddesses represent elders, mothers, daughters, sisters, twins, and families. They sing of earth and spirit, the four elements, and the starry heavens. Their dance is about strength and resilience in the face of human suffering.
The Mother Tree is watching.
Her roots grow deep.
She has sent her many Tree Children
To teach peace, love and respect.
Medium: Tree branches, recycled paper, paper clay, acrylic paint, bells, beads, semiprecious jewels, cloth, forest materials, feathers, shells, and plants.