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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

return to sacred places



drumroll please....

well gentle readers I
just finished the
last piece...
whew!
I am so ready for a break!

this is the entire collection.
three Santos and one hand...
well they are relics after all!

as I mentioned in the last post it was my aim to make "prims"
that were contemporary
but still looked aged and worn...
with a sense of history and sacredness...





a close up of the crown
that I made from a piece of an old lamp...
all the pieces were made with plaster cloth...






"exhaltation"
hand of the saint
10 x18

I adore those antique relics of hands and feet and thought
that it might be interesting to make a large jointed hand
and yes, the fingers still move...
this piece rests in
a box frame that will be open to the wall..
I think it will be beautiful on that adobe wall...
the hand is life size....






"the mended heart"
13 1/2 x 8


for more photos of this piece, please see the last post






"the saint of stitches"

13 x 8

my friend Neva from Opening Connecting sent me this gorgeous lace
that her grandmother made by hand, so I HAD to do something that was fitting
for such a generous gift. I used it to create the dolls dress ...
this piece honors all the needle artists...
as well as friendship between women...







her arms and hands ( in fact all of the dolls are fully jointed and still move)
the cabinet cards were transferred in fabric and stitched to her dress...
all the clothing is antique and hand stitched...
her braids were made using plaster cloth...





"the blessed mother"
8 x 13 1/2 x 4 1/2
this piece sits in a box that hangs on the wall
for me this piece is about the
invisible bond that exists between
mother and child





her halo is an antique slotted spoon
and she nestles sweetly in a box
that hangs on the wall

a portion of the proceeds go to the Haitian Relief Orphanage Program
and if you are interested in these pieces
please email Robert at Two Graces.
or phone him at 575 758-4639
I believe that ALL the dolls are capped in the $350
range to give you an idea of the price, so they can be less, but not more than that price
I think that is just remarkable....

I think there will be around 60 dolls
created by these remarkable artists:
Michelle Marquette, Chris Roberts, Louise Casselman, Del Orr, Rick Phelps
Linda May Jasper Vogel, Erin Rivera Merriman,
Barbara Thomas and Robert Cafazzo.

I will of course blog the show upon return,
but you will be able to view the show on line on Saturday July 17




33 comments:

Dianne said...

I love the dolls... they are very unique...

Valerianna said...

Lovely work... I especially like the "saint of stitches" - the lace works wonderfully for the dress. The hand piece is interesting, too.
Looks like a great show.

Studio Sylvia said...

Such individual personas, revealing the many facets of the feminine being - the skills, the emotions, the various roles - that combine to make woman. The fabrics and embellishments, for me, represent the talents and gifts that each and everyone of us has to offer, but so often don't realise are evident within ourselves. Cat, these are amazing. That crown? Ingenuity!

dosfishes said...

Spectacular Cat, these are lovely pieces of fine work that I am sure will be sold in an instant! Your inner spirit has come through. xox Corrine

Yvonne said...

Lovely work. The symbolism is wonderful and I just love everything about every piece. I can't say enough Cat!

Svetlana said...

Unbelivable!!! What a fabulous work. I love them all.

audrey said...

I can't put into words how beautiful these pieces of art are. The love that went into them shows in their completion. They are wonderful. How sweet the little crown is and how creative of you to make it from an old lamp part.
Bravo!
♥ audrey

Harnett-Hargrove said...

This body of work is stunning and the thread of aesthetic through it all is marvelous. -J

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so totally impressed with this series of dolls, and of course the hand. These dolls show both your talent as an artist and your skill as a mixed media artist. I swear these dolls look so authentic and old. That crown is unbelievable, too.

Have a fun (and safe) trip and know that you will be sorely missed.

cardinal arts said...

amazing - what a fantastic job you did! I love all the faces.......so serene - and I also like the hand (I've a thing for hands)
have so much fun on your trip - and a good rest!
__a

Diane said...

Cat, you are truly an amazing artist!

B.Held said...

Just magnificent!

Shari said...

These are really wonderful, Cat! ...So original yet timeless all at once. You should be really proud. xoxo

*jean* said...

oo cat such beautiful work! your style is so distinct...i especially love the face on the mother/child piece...lovely

priti.lisa said...

This is incredible. I love the word weep, but never use it. Is weeping what happens when silent tears...neither happy or sad...leak out? The blessed mother is making me weep. I haven't been this emotional about a piece of art. -ever.
xox

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

oh WOW! That hand, the crown you made, the slotted spoon halo, the geougous use of Neva's lace...WOW! I especially love your Mother doll without hands,such a clever portrail of an invisible bond. You've totally pulled this off Cat!

Debrina said...

Wonderful, Cat!!! Just stunning. You must be so proud of these beautiful creations.

ArtPropelled said...

Amazing work, Cat! I love the Mended Heart most of all.

lilylovekin said...

These are beautiful, such wonderful work, I love mended heart.

lynne h said...

wow, cat. just WOW. wonderful, wonderful work... everything is so soft, so expressive.

xo

Marilyn Rock said...

I can't find the right words - beautiful but there has to be a more appropriate word to describe these! WOW!

Marie said...

These pieces are so beautiful...you have definitely come into your own in a very huge way. I am in awe & so happy for you.

layers said...

so different and yet so similar-- as life is as well-- each piece is so wonderful

Riki Schumacher said...

Fabulous work Cat, really beautiful. Riki

Patti said...

every one of these is fabulous! love the crowns too - you are so creatively experimental. glad I have gotten to know you in blogland - your art is inspiring and simply wonderful!

Deborah said...

Lovely work.

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Quel beau travail, quelle belle création. Cette poupée se situe entre le mystique et la superstition. Il y a une sorte d'envoutement à la regarder. Elle serait aussi bien vénérable que maudite, porteuse de tous les espoirs pour des personnes perdues, ou chargée de maléfices entre les mains d'un sorcier. C'est toute la force de cette création de véhiculer de tels sentiments. J'imagine que de la toucher, décuplerait ces sensations.
C'est vraiment un très beau travail dont je te félicite.

Roger

WrightStuff said...

These are incredible - they seem to have some mystical quality about them that whispers stories to you...

Julie Pishny said...

All beautifully done and I think you accomplished the vintage look of the dolls perfectly. So interesting - so beautiful. Hugs - Julie

In the Light of the Moon said...

There is so much to see here.I am thankful..just to be able to look at these pieces.So much work and so much heart.Your love for each piece shines through.BiG Hugs,Cat

~Babs said...

These pieces are all just mind blowing.
Fabulous, stunningly creative works, all!

bad penny said...

I'm totally in awe of what you have created here. Beautiful.

Sophie Munns said...

Dear Caterina,
have been missing out on so much not having time to visit...WOW!
These are truly fabulous!
LOVE 'the mended heart'!
my very best wishes to you... may it go brilliantly after all this hard work!
sophia xoxo