Mother and Child Gina M.
Natural wood, quartz, waxed string
on a stone base
I’m excited to announce a new addition to the “Natural Sculpture Series,” a project I continue to work on.
The roots, rocks, sticks and things I collect are shaped by natural forces and have an image or a meaning hidden within them.
The items speak to me, effortlessly showing their true being. I try to do very little to these found objects, highlighting areas that would otherwise be overlooked, maybe just a saw chop or a quick clip with a knife. I feel like I am uncovering their hidden message and renewing their purpose.
Each finished piece relates to how I am feeling or what is going on at the time I find them, so my emotional and mental state influences what I see and create.
Aging Root, a piece of driftwood reaching upward atop a glowing base of rose quartz, relates to my walk toward middle age and the inevitable physical transformations of the aging human form.
Eve,a gnarled root atop a sulfur stone base, reflects the ever-changing roles I’ve played within the context of the world, my family and my relationships. It reflects the loss of innocence within each of those situations at different times throughout my life.
The latest, Mother and Child, mirrors my feelings as a mother of an only child now leaving the nest, both of us starting a new life.
The root cradled the quartz rock as it grew, protecting it from harm even after it was ripped from the earth. The old twine wrapped around both is the connection that will help keep them together over time. The twine and root will disappear, but the stone will survive on its own.