" Taoist Blessings"
I have met a woman who is a 64th generation Taoist
master. Quite an amazing woman, teacher and a healer. She wrote a
book, which is now out of print which shows her doing the many hand
positions of what the Taoist call "God's Signatures". With her blessing
and enthusiasm, she has encouraged me to create pieces with their
hands in these positions. She was thrilled that people would have
the opportunity to have a blessing piece in their homes. "So much
more than a doll or a figure", she said. This is not just a piece
to add to a shelf of many other pieces. This is a piece to set a "feeling"
within a home. A blessing piece.
"Taoist Blessing" is a standing goddess, with her hands in pose that
signifies "The Blessing of the Three Gods". She stands approx. 21"
tall. She is very regal and elegant in a gown that is what I call
a hardscape.The gown is formed with plaster, and thus becomes a hard
form that is a sculpture, unto itself. I then apply appliqu÷s of antique
black Victorian beading, and rhinestones, and then a plum colored
grout, to all but cover the beadwork and rhinestones. The process
of risking the entire piece by the application of the grout, over
the beadwork, gives this piece, I believe, some of it's power. The
gown is then painted in hues of deep blues and plums, with gold accents,
allowing the beadwork and rhinestones to show through. Her cape is
black vintage net that has the tiniest of iridescent sequins sewn
randomly all over it. Running down the entire length of her cape is
a beautiful piece of Victorian beadwork on net, in black, with bronze
accents. Her collar is created with beaded leaves, and at her shoulders
is a medallion of dangling beadwork, matching the piece that hangs
from her bodice. Her head piece, and the base, are created as a mosaic,
using fabulous iridescent pieces of glass that reflect purples, greens,
golds and blues...like a peacock's tail.
I have also included small circles and diamond shaped mirror pieces
on the base. She is a fully sculpted piece, under her gown, but you
only see her two feet, one leg gracefully bent, and her two hands
in their blessing pose. I have used garnets as an embellishment around
her bodice, and around her headpiece.
" Taoist Blessing" is a piece of the midnight sky.... clear
and pure.... deeply dark, with flashes of the brightest stars and
a hint, in the blues and purples, of the coming of the day.
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