Series :: "Commissions"
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Our lives depend on the care and renewal of our environmental home as native peoples understood. Their stories tell us that they knew the Earth as their Mother. In “Water Patterns” the meandering line is symbolic of the Potomac River whose source is in my Western Maryland mountains. The “Passages” images were inspired by the meeting of two cultures – western Europeans and the natives who inhabited North America. Spirals and labyrinths are similar motifs found in both cultures from prehistoric times to the present. Humans have responded to the calming, grounding properties of these symbols found in seashells, flowers, leaf patterns or needles growing on tree branches, etc. The spiral is also found in native pottery constructed of clay coils. Woven textures represent mats constructed to cover lodges. Meandering lines call to mind rivers that sustain all of life.