I've been wanting to sculpt a man in tears. My friend agreed to tackle this difficult task and modeled for this sculpture. With my home renovation projects squared away, I'm happily back in production. The next piece will be a happy one.
Compared to yesterday's post, this may push people away, but we need this kind of toughness in our life as well in my opinion. Thunderbird, a mystic bird that represents power and rebirth, is a new symbol of transgender among the Native Americans. A prairie rattlesnake is another symbol of power and rebirth, but it is of the grassland, where my friend, the model for this piece, has her root.
Here are Little Buddhas, each carrying a different symbolic item. Hopefully they all will bring a smile to your face.
Of course, I wanted to make an Asian angel in this series. Angel wings symbolize many things across different cultures. I chose "Enlightenment" from them. Hope you all are staying cool in this hot summer.
What else will go well with my Little Buddhas? A blow fish? A salamander? I'm playing as I'm thinking of the option.
A prototype for the "Little Buddha" series is completed. As she is holding a lotus bud which is a symbol of peace, I decided to call her "Peace." Look forward to more from this series.
If you happen to know activists, who are fighting for green and/or human rights, please introduce them to me. I would like to go to see what they do, listen to their stories, and photograph them for my series. Thank you.
For my strong women's series, I wanted to portray a transgender woman. The model is a transgender from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. When I asked her what was the symbol of her gender among the Lakota, she answered, "Thunderbird" - the symbol of indomitable spirit. "I was bullied a lot and had hard time in my youth." She came out of the past resilient like the mystic bird.
I intend to work on the headdress again. I may change the flat thunderbird to 3-D like a totem? Feathers may be too destructive? Your input is appreciated.
On the way to the pottery studio, I pick weed from my neighbors' yards in order to imprint them on the lobes. It's a nice spring project. Happy Spring to everyone from rainy Rapid City!
At the pottery studio I've been frequenting, people call him "Little Buddha." In preparation for my next sculpture show, I'm going to make a few more little Buddhas. This one is holding a lotus bud, the next one will have a butterfly on his sleeve, and the third will be with a baby bird in his hands.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.