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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Art of Presentation - Two rocks and a Feather

It is always nice to have a dedicated space to arrange something to use as a centering focus for meditation. When you have a shelf or little table or even just a corner of a desk to use as your design area, the challenge is to keep refreshing the arrangements so they do not become invisible.

The act of selecting and arranging objects is often done intuitively but can also be done as an exercise in design. I used objects selected by a good friend with a creative eye. They are objects she collected on her travels. With very different colors and textures, they engage me.

Like anything that catches my interest long enough to ponder, these pieces become metaphors. The blue green stone nestled in the white stone reminds me of a robin's egg which relates to the feather. The egg-stone is a metaphor for life beginning. The ragged worn-out feather is a metaphor for life's journey. The white stone is almost like a bone, and can be a socket for the blue green eye stone. Thus implying the passing on of life.

What is noticeable here, is that the material has so much more presence when displayed on a pedestal of some sort. The dark pedestal anchors the light, frothy rock and feather. I find it more satisfying to have dark at the bottom of the arrangement to give it more stability. My only complaint now is that the proportions of the shelf are such that it still feels a a tiny bit empty.

What do you think?

(Thanks to Barb for the connected objects.)


  1. Greetings Rosemary,

    It's been too long since we talked.

    You are always in my heart as I you give my life a special purpose of living in the moment (as all nature does instinctively) through your "The Artist's Life" letters.

    Especially this year in particular as I've been diagnosed with duodenal/pancreatic cancer.
    I am trying to be upbeat on the prognosis as I've just completed a long series of radiation treatments.
    So resting now due to the side-effects.
    On your sculpture, I prefer it without the pedestal as it fulfills and celebrates its'purpose on its' own.
    Perhaps changing the wood shelf to a very thick plain glass or Italian marble would add to the essence of the everlasting beauty of life.
    By the way, did you ever put aside the small version of Lonely Place/Ruby Beach.

    Love always,

  2. Thank you Rosemary for sending me this new blog. I have heard and do believe it is an act of faith and spiritual practice to create beautiful and harmonious surroundings for oneself. The ideas you are exploring are definitely in tune with this - I experiment with these ideas on a constant basis. Lack of clutter and color are things I focus on often.
    It was a joy to see you in Ballard on the art walk. looking forward to the next posting
    with love,