This scultpture is a metaphor for the healing art of beading itself, as well as a metaphor for the inherent challenges of motherhood and holding space for one's darlings, no matter how expertly they know how to 'push your buttons'. I call it 'reflective' in all senses. The pre-Columbian Huichol technique of applying each bead individually, embedding it into a bees wax and pine resin mixture, is for me a kind of meditation practice. In this taking of time to slow down and to reflect, I am working on becoming less reactive, and holding my tongue, which can often result in being better able to radiate with lightness and deliberation, as opposed to experiencing frustration and powerlessness in vulnerability. I am using mother-of-pearl for it's strong, resilient and iridescent qualities.
I am very honored to be a part of this exciting exhibition and to have a contemporary piece amongst such other precious holdings on display at The Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Oregon.
"Strung Together celebrates beads and beadwork from around the world, spanning thousands of years and six continents. Blending items from our anthropological collections with works by contemporary artists, Strung Together invites you to discover a world of stories behind the beauty of beads."
On view at The University of Oregon - The Museum of Natural and Cultural History
April 8, 2016 through February 5, 2017