Unique Cast Bronze and Patina, 17” x 48” x 8.5” , 2022
My children and I love to pick up sticks that look like birds or dragons. In the story I made up with my daughter there is a young girl who is playing outside when she hears a rustling in the bushes next to her, as she looks closer, she sees this beautiful dragon emerge with a long body and tail. They both stare at each other in amazement and then the dragon says, “Can you see me? Only MY Rider can truly see me.” The young girl tells the dragon “I can see you”, and then they rode through the skies for the rest of the afternoon. When her mom looked out the window, she only saw her playing with a stick, but for the girl, she saw her dragon, and she was the Wind Rider.
As we get older, I think we forget to see the dragons that are hiding in the sticks and that we can fly through the skies with our arms outstretched, feeling the wind pass beneath us. I try to remember, never stop looking for the magic, and that our dreams can come true.
Bloodline, Keeper of the Seeds 2021, 30″ x 98″ x 18″ in, Unique cast bronze with patina, cedar, and steel
It is a matriarchal society that my family lineage comes from; the woman cared for the children and the stories of their family. They told the history and planted the seeds for the next generation. Their lives, my life, and that of my daughter are full of the twists and turns that women hold in our society.
The Cigar Figures come from a childhood Native American story that my mother told of the “Stick People.” The “Stick People” would run through the night and call your name; if you went with them, you were never heard from again. She never described the figures, and I was always drawn to the idea of what they looked like. The Cigar Figures are my reimagining of that story, now a story of family and my past—a complicated narrative of loss, survival, and resilience. The figures are made from real cigars and found sticks, all cast in bronze. The faces are of the ancestors and family shaped from the idea of a cameo or silhouette painting to capture the faces of the families.
When hung, the light casts a shadow of the figures on the wall. This shadow represents memory for me. Like a shadow, these memories cannot be held, and in the end, we are all only a shadow in history, shadows on this earth.
Unique Cast Bronze, Patina, Glass, Brass, 14” x 6” x 6”, 2022
As a young girl, my dad had these amazing, beaded works of art that he made, and from time to time, I would start but then stop or walk away from learning, leaving pieces in mid-process. I was young, then later my life was busy, and one reason after another kept me from history and time. My dad has passed away, and that time I could have spent with him learning and hearing his stories of how and why the thread it pulled through the beeswax and the cut of the bead and the way to hold the needle is lost. I lost not just the history but him and that time with him. I am now looking to teach myself these ways, and I hold him in my mind and my heart as I go forward.
“She Bears the Seeds”
Unique Cast Bronze on Birch, 14” x 11” 3.5”
Within each flower, there are the seeds to the next generation of that flower, not one but many. We are like that flower holding not one seed but a whole generation; we pass on life, we pass history of where we come from and who we are and what we can be, hope for the next generation of life.