Thoughts on Symbolism

I am interested in the figure and spiritual being that is represented by it..  I work primarily in clay using the human form as an expression of the spiritual being that dwells within.  My figures represent people who are changed through life experiences - their struggles, joys, and journeys.  What is reflected is not what society would deem beautiful: their beauty is one of dignity, courage and strength.  I use symbolism in my work to convey those emotions.  

The Butterfly-

The symbolic lesson of the butterfly is to accept the changes in our lives as casually as she does.  The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the changes of her environment and her body.  To take this analogy a step further, we can look again to the grace and eloquence of the butterfly and realize that our journey is our only guarantee.  Our responsibility to make our way in faith, accept the change that comes, and emerge from our transitions as brilliantly as the butterfly.

The Birds-

Birds are symbolic of a rebirth or the beginning of a new idea..  It is a gateway to new opportunities, and refers to patient outlook toward life.  It is also symbolic of growth in personal and spiritual life.  It also symbolizes selfless and sacrificing nature of the individual.

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all"--Emily Dickinson

The Open Heads-

With some of my figurative sculptures, I leave the head open….   to symbolize the acceptance  and letting in of information.  She is receptive to the world and all it's glory.

The Circle-

The circle symbol meaning is universal, sacred and divine.  It represents the infinite nature of energy, and the inclusivity of the universe.  There is a relationship between he silhouette of a circle and its link to the interior.