At the Altar
Mixed Media on Canvas, Installations Series, 2010-2015
The At the Altar series is lead by my personal life, my spirituality, my visions, and my materials. I use materials that I come across at thrift stores and items from my own personal use. I categorize and define my materials in three ways. Firstly, the found objects that I use to adhere, sew, and adorn to a structure. Second, are the found structures that I use for the base or foundation of my work. Third, for actual color of the fabric and objects I use to create with. Hence, my materials change with every artwork. This is one of the aspects of creating that I enjoy the most, the element of change, and subsequently improvisation.
This series includes large-scale, mixed media on canvas installations. I manipulated the canvas to create layers of varying sized folds. I am fascinated with how gravity affects the way the fabric falls and how color, light, and shadow creates pockets of energy and dimension. This series includes: At the Altar: From the Fruit of My Love and Labor, At the Altar: From the Depth of My Womband At The Altar: Jade. These works represent what I bring to my altar as a woman. At the Altar: Fruit of My Love and Labor represents the energy that I currently am and the energy I strive to become. Every day, I try to bring the fruits of love and labor as best as I can and lay them down at my altar, for my self, for my loved ones, my ancestors, and Spirit. Motherhood is my most treasured experience and accomplishment in life. It is a state of being. Once a woman becomes pregnant, has gone through pregnancy, given birth, and subsequently journeys through the process of raising a child, the status of motherhood never ceases. I believe being a mother is the one relationship that actually binds a human being to another. The act of loving and giving birth to a child is a selfless act yet all encompassing. Raising a child is one of the most important aspects of the human experience. At the Altar: From the Fruit of My Love and Labor and At the Altar: From the Depth of My Womb speak to my personal exploration of loving Spirit, myself, my family, and specifically my son.