Last month we were cleaning out an old building that we are about to renovate. Tucked away in the corner of one of the rooms lay a large and dusty black and white photograph. A landscape photo of a small village tucked away in the snow capped mountains. I have no idea where this village is or was or who the photographer is. It is most likely northern Spain or France. I like the mystery of not knowing.

I decided to revive the beautiful 1m x 2m golden framed photo by painting on top of it. To respect the photo I painted it in such a way that you could still see what was behind. I am illustrating the “unseen” energy in a community, between neighbors, between extended family, between them and the nature that surrounds.

 

 

 

 

Reflections on the natural world and human experience, the basis of our relation to ourselves and others on a cellular level; the basis of all life. Cells have memory. Even if your conscious mind has forgotten, your body remembers.

 

The spheres, representing human cells ephemerally expand and collapse. They call for close viewing and physical awareness, while acknowledging the forces, both interior and exterior, that lie beyond our understanding or control. 

 

 

-The photos below of the beautiful willow tree from my friend’s house. I harvested these branches and then assembled them into spheres; I also used hazelnut branches.

Last week I installed a stained glass in the side entrance of a restored farmhouse, La Rovira Nova, located just up the hill from my house in Santa Eulalia de Riuprimer. It took three of us to lift her into place!

I worked together with the home owners to come up with this design and color palette. It’s such a cool process to create a piece of art for a specific location. I like to call it  architectural art, where the piece of art also has a function to let light in but give privacy as well. This home beautifully combines stone, wood, metal, and now colored glass with lead.

You can see in the photos that the panel has a very different look from the inside and from the outside during the day. The evening interior light will also give it an entirely different look. I will put some photos up when I take a photo at night.

Below is a series of photos to illustrate the process…

 

Just received a fantastic review of my book by Tonja Decker from Bookworm for Kids.

“Today’s book steps back from the busy life of computers, cell phones, and video games, and takes readers into nature… “

“…While the listener/reader learns more about this creature, there are other great messages in these pages…”

-Tonja Decker Bookworm for Kids

Click here to read the entire review of my book, THE CHUÑA!

Loving the grey tones that surround S E A S O N S the month of January. Over time it has become even more integrated into the natural landscape. Below you can see what a different look it has accompanied by the Winter greyness.

                                   Winter                                                              Autumn

Over the past few months I worked on a land art installation for a artistic intervention in my town. It involved other local artists of various disciplines including, music, poetry, dance, photography, design, etc. All with the theme of “life’s path”. An outdoor exhibition along a path following a stream, surrounded by forest, and a natural spring at the end. This trail has much significance to the people of Santa Eulalia de Riuprimer (a town of 1200 inhabitants an hour north of Barcelona). It’s a magical winding trail where  birthdays, festivals, are celebrated…where life is celebrated

Ephemeral, seasonal, cyclic, eternal, temporary… such a beautiful paradox is life. With roots in conservation and sustainability and created with the understanding that the installation would eventually melt away and be worn down by the elements to return to its source. Representing four seasons with hand harvested and hand woven stems from hazelnut and willow trees and covered in hand dyed natural fabric with black tea, indigo, and henna.

 

The design is an evolution of a stained glass series I created called, “Seasons”.