Meet the “Ancestral Spaceship” mixed media assemblage sculpture series (2004 – 2017):
The “Ancestral Spaceship” assemblage sculpture series has 13 pieces in all. I also call them “Mixed Media Conglomerates.” This is a 3D twist on mixed media collage/composite.
These cut-out forms expand on previous subject matter by developing imagery relating to the creation stories and ceremonial/seasonal cycles of my Indigenous ancestors. Each construction represents a different traditional totem-like icon that is common to Indigenous creation stories and ceremonial practices across North, Central and South America. An eight-pointed star, symbol for a new beginning, loosely forms the underlying composition of each piece.
These hanging sculptures are constructed from found wood. The various surfaces display collaged layers in relief. These layers incorporate an array of original hand rendered art and reproduced media, including digital formats. In this way, I am taking my 2 dimensional composite art in a new direction by incorporating three dimensionality within a medicine wheel or altar-like format (as opposed to a two dimensional rectangle or square)…free-form “spaceships” if you will.
The cut out iconic forms bring a new dynamic to my work, which is exciting to me. By using symbolic imagery to resurrect indigenous ideologies, I hope to send a message of interconnectedness with the earth. This is my contribution to an urgent universal dialogue of environmental responsibility.
Click the link below for “Celestial Tree” greeting card: