This mixed media series focuses on spirit messages that these three animals provide. I often represent animals in my work to connect to the energy, meaning and symbolism. I believe when particular animals come into our life, or we take time to observe the interactions, it can offer valuable insight to our human path. SNAKE.CROW.RAT recently came about as I shifted from representing owls in my work, because the CROW came back into my life. (literally everywhere I go) My art is about process, observation and my experience as a human. Subject matter usually comes directly from something that is on my heart or I have seen with my eyes. With this series I am using animals that are on my mind and exploring how I can use their totem meaning and collage elements to contrast their empowering meaning with images that might seem oppressive or as a representation of obstacles.
The CROW is a spirit animal associated with life mysteries and magic. The power of this bird and spirit guide provides insight and means of supporting intentions. Sign of luck, it is also associated with the archetype of the trickster; be aware of deceiving appearances. If the CROW has chosen you as your spirit or totem animal, it supports you in developing the power of sight, transformation, and connection with life’s magic. The SNAKE spirit meaning is powerfully connected to life force and primal energy. In many cultures, it is revered as a powerful representation the source of life. When the SNAKE spirit animal appears in your life, it likely means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting. RAT totem represents resourcefulness, adaptability and the ability to blend with different people and environments quickly. It reminds you that you can defend yourself in any situation and overcome any challenge. RATS are masters of their environments. They are social creatures and are known to help other rats out of cages. They are survivors that work hard for all that they need and fight for the right to have it. Rats are inventive and resourceful.
All animals are either directly painted on surface of collage (e.g. "ENTANGLED") or they are hand illustrated then scanned to computer for increased contrast and printed to collage (e.g. " FREEDOM" and "RATS")
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14' x 16" mixed media and acrylic on hand built wood panel (magazine clips are from 1940s)
14' x 16" mixed media, illustration and acrylic on hand built wood panel (magazine clips are from 1940s)
14' x 16" mixed media, illustration, acrylic collage on hand built wood panel (magazine clips are from 1940s)
Detail reads: “Rats are masters of their environments. They are social creatures and are known to help other rats out of cages. They are survivors that work hard for all that they need and fight for the right to have it. Rats are inventive and resourceful. Challenge yourself. Stop being scared.”