The lotus symbolizes rebirth because this striking flower emerges from muddy water. This work was inspired by a desire to escape from the current turmoil throughout the world. I wanted to create an object that would lift a viewer’s spirit through its beauty and meaning.
The pink-tipped flower and bud are taken from a portion of a drawing of a lotus (also known as an Egyptian bean ). The lotus stem is represented by a portion of a necklace that I designed from two semi-precious stones (rose quartz and rhodochrosite), Murano glass and freshwater pearls. While lotus stem of a lotus is straight, I found a sinuous stem more fitting here, contrasting with the straight lines throughout much of the work. The frog comes from a photograph of a portion of a Faberge work.
Custom framed with museum glass in a sophisticated deep wooden frame in collaboration with Chevy Chase Art Gallery, Washington, DC.
Frame color: Gold
Size (in inches): 14 x 14 x 4
Though many designs appear simple, each work in fact takes several months to create. The final version is rarely the one initially envisioned; the laws of gravity force numerous adjustments. Execution involves a multitude of skills, some of which are acquired specifically to achieve the desired artistic result. In fact, it took several years of experimenting before I even hit upon a technique for creating assemblages.
The framing process is itself a component of the work, both conceptually and artistically. Though the frame is clean and modern in appearance, the framing process is not as simple as it seems. The determination whether to create a "room" (as with Born Free) or an intimate atmosphere (as with What Price Silence) is in fact part of the artistic process.
Works are custom framed to provide sufficient depth to accomplish my artistic goals as well as to support the weight of the work (often 40-60 pounds). The 4-inch deep decorative wooden frame curves outward to bring the work closer to the viewer.
As many designs are supported by the base as well as the backing, the framing process can be tricky. It took several months of experimentation to determine how to create a work that it was practical to frame. The glass protects the work from damaged caused by dust and dusting.