Animal Shield: Lady Goldfish
How do you give a goldfish pearls, bubbles, and beads? It wasn't easy, but here's how.... :)
I embroidered her pearls. Not perfect pearls, mind you. Each one is unique in shape and size. I painted her bubbles in opaque and transparent layers, as representation of all the ways we speak to ourselves and each other. And her beads are itty bitty clear micro-beads which, when grouped together, form a shield around her.
I created Animal Shields this Spring/Summer, as Covid-19 swept the world and we were asked to Shelter In Place for our collective health & safety. I had moved out of my shared studio and was working on a folding table in my living room.
As we moved through the months, data indicated that carbon emissions reduced significantly as the roads were less traveled by cars and our skies had fewer airplanes. Polluted air cleared when factories (temporarily) closed. More people were recognizing that shopping local farms and small businesses was important to the wellbeing and livelihood of our communities.
It almost seemed possible that the earth could take a moment to rest & heal herself.
[Yes, I was trying to find a hopeful silver lining during these unprecedented and uncertain times.]
As you know, my art often features elements of the Natural world. During this pandemic time, when humans were causing less immediate damage to our earth's climate, I wondered how animals around the world were reacting when we stepped back from "normal" life. Were they potentially feeling more relaxed, brave, safe, and free?
This was the initial impetus behind creating my Animal Shields collection. The strong pull of Progress & Productivity is relentless in our modern world and it can remove us from quiet, grounding connections we feel in the presence of plants, animals, and the Natural world. There are lessons to be learned when we pay attention. Animal Shields are symbolic reminders to protect and connect with those that share this Earth with us.
About this Original
This mixed media original is 6x6 on watercolor paper and features acrylic, plaster, embroidery, ink, graphite and image transfer. Please note that this piece arrives unframed and will fit a standard 6x6 frame of your choosing. The first photo above shows an example of what this piece looks like in a white frame.