Super excited to share with you that earlier this month, I was awarded "Best of Show" with "Ho'okumu", at the Kahilu Theatre's "Art Off the Wall" exhibit. This piece is the largest one I have created (so far) and is available for sale.
The exhibit features three dimensional work in any medium and runs through April 17th at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on the island of Hawaii. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, and also during performance productions.
"Ho'okumu" represents the Big Island's natural elements in a big way as the vessel stands almost 3 feet high and 2 feet wide. It has a base of native Koa wood and a wild, mature Hawaiian Mouflon Ram skull nestled into a silk lined vessel made from two gigantic sculpted Alexander Palm sheaths. The vessel is hand stitched with waxed linen, and embellished with Venery and Ringneck Pheasant feathers, dried Sago Palm flowers with an amber chip studded leather trim. The majestic skull is adorned with a large Tiger Eye cabochon trimmed in more amber chips.
I've been working in a new direction in creating specific intentions with my innovative sculptures. Ho'okumu means "the beginning" in Hawaiian and in addition to being the beginning sign of the zodiac, the ram is an important animal symbol in many current and ancient cultures, all over the world. Its shape is also reminiscent of the sacred feminine (reversed). Honoring the ram's qualities and symbolism, this piece's intention represents action, initiative and determination. It was created to remind us that every day is a new beginning, in which we are given the opportunity to trust in our own power and strength, our energy to act and our ability to balance as we climb.