OneWeb, 2016, 3 Dimensional Globe, Steel, Simulated Sinew, Beads & Plaster Pods with Peace Flags
OneWeb reflects my ongoing engagement in bringing my art and energy work together. Things that once felt distinctly separate are now irresistibly drawn together.
I’m motivated to do my part, trusting the power of individual actions to ripple out. As in life, one bead, threaded onto the web and woven into the whole, affects every part of the existing network.
Like it or not, we are intricately interconnected. All the more reason to join together in unity.
OneWeb is strangely whimsical and weighty. Suspended from above and securely bound by the metal rings, there is a thriving world within the circle. A world being cradled and rocked. There is a sense that everything will be okay. That there is a bigger picture, a bigger plan in place.
The use of fabricated steel rings is contrasted with delicate webbing to evoke the sense of a fragile, yet enduring, world, floating and spinning in space. Star, moon and spiral shapes reinforce the galactic feeling. While the scale of OneWeb commands attention, the ethereal feeling of the gently swaying globe suggests a tiny speck in a vast and limitless galaxy.
The sturdy globe is anchored by four hand-made and earthy pod shapes suggesting the seeding of future generations and possibilities. The pods have been split apart and are now empty shells that once held life force. Where are the seeds? Scattered on the winds of change perhaps?
The act of weaving and beading sinew onto and within the steel structure is complex and mesmerizing work. It sparks a sense of wonder and curiosity. As I worked, I was reminded of the sacred song lines (called icaros) that are embroidered into textiles made by Shipibo women in the Amazon rain forest. Like these hand-stitched patterns, the beads used in OneWeb are both decorative and imbued with blessings for the viewer.
A single quartz crystal wrapped in copper wire and suspended from the top animates the cocoon-like space in the center. Borrowing from traditional Native dream catchers, each of the four webbed segments has an opening for the good dreams gestating in the fertile, womb-like space they protect.
Gently embraced in this floating world, dreams of a world of peace and Mahatma Gandhi’s notion of enough for everyone’s need are nurtured and nourished. There is a sense of divine timing, of sacred pace that cannot, and should not, be rushed.
Something new is emerging.