Many of my ideas are born out of a core, lifelong challenge of resisting fear. Accepting fear rather than resisting it has created a deeply personal process of letting go, allowing me to be more compassionate and understanding of myself and those around me. The insights and freedom gained through this journey are reflected in much of my work. Yet, it is this very process that consistently challenges and confronts me, requiring a return to self-reflection. Ultimately … a truly authentic, deeper and more meaningful work of art is born.
If I can touch one person through my expression, igniting something within, then my hands have completed their work. Creating meaningful sculpture is an opportunity for me to drop my pebble into the pond of humanity and release a ripple that may open someone else’s heart.
Risen of the Ashes
Media: Stainless Steel, Mild Steel
Dimensions: 12'h x 6'w x 6'd
Risen of the Ashes is a stainless and mild steel sculpture of an origami crane gracefully rising toward the heavens. Its inspiration was found after reading the children’s book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
I decided to create an interpretive sculpture that would represent Sadako’s journey using this iconic Japanese symbol. At two years of age, Sadako Sasaki was literally lifted from the ash of the 1945 atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima. Ten years later while battling radiation induced leukemia, she began folding 1000 origami cranes in a Japanese tradition believed to bring forth good health. She made 644 cranes before passing from her illness and subsequently transformed the origami crane to a symbol of peace around the world.
Risen of the Ashes honors Sadako’s life and her struggle with illness and mortality as told in the story. As the crane in this sculpture is seen rising upward, it represents the second time Sadako has risen from the ash, though this time it is her spirit and legacy gracefully rising toward freedom and coalescing to symbolize peace in the form of an Origami crane. When she finally accepted her illness and mortality, Sadako found peace and was able to set her Spirit free.