"Spinner of Dreams" is a collaborative piece that Colin and I created for a show at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. We wanted to do something related to what we’ve done before, but also challenge ourselves to bring something new-developing the relief work characteristic of our collaborative pieces to take full advantage of the three dimensional aspect of sculpture. As the viewer walks around the piece, the different views each develop the story further-the full story cannot be gleaned from only the front views. To accomplish this, we had to restart the sculpture three times in order to get the right clay body- one that satisfied the requirements we both had in creating the various aspects of the sculpture.
From the front view, she appears to be simply a young woman spinning an elaborate and delicate object, with elements of nature woven into her headdress - small antlers and our version of an ancient triple moon symbol, hearkening to nighttime and dreams. As you move around the sculpture, the hidden features emerge and the full narrative reveals itself.
First, you notice a small bassarisk-like animal on her lap, its body curving around her hip. Moving further, you see that the creature’s tail wraps into her side and then blends completely into her back. Further around, her hair turns into a bird that together with a lizard, emerges from and blends into her body. Following the lines, you see that she herself along with these creatures-perhaps the seemingly impossible aspects of them like the color of laughter, the feel of a bird’s song, the whisper of a cat and the warmth of a lizard- are what is being spun into stories and dreams. In a sense, she is creating herself as she spins her dreams.
Spinner of Dreams, Fired clay with metal, 16”x13”x10” Private collection: Las Cruces, NM USA