Dunlavin Arts Festival 2014 & Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2014
Hand of God Collection 2013
In 2011, I came across a number of pieces in an exhibition in The Dunlavin Arts Festival made entirely from beads and beading. I was so inspired by the pieces that I decided to give painting a rest at that time and try something new. I also decided at that time to try a new WAY of creating. I was going to work completely from my intuition, use a variety of materials and elements of nature and completely without thought or structure.
I was amazed at the results and at the experience itself. The Hand of God Collection was born.
'Coming Out' was the first to appear. The elements needed, the colours, the name of each piece, just seemed to come together without any effort. The bog cotton was picked in Valleymount last July. It was like each piece that I made had a story to tell me, either about myself or life itself.
'Holding It Together' is one of my favourite pieces. It depicts how difficult it can be at times to just keep things going. Sometimes you may not be able to hold it together and you spill or fall apart – some days you manage to keep your head above water and get through the day. Either way life still has a way of getting us through it.
'The Birds and The Bees' is a very delicate piece. Bog cotton stems and heads are so sensitive and so easy to damage or break – for me it meant that I had to work really gently with the materials. The main focus of this piece was the magic of conception – how everything and everyone comes from the place of creation –spirit or science? It is important to know how powerful it is to bring something to fruition. We have the power to manifest what we wish and ultimately we can create LIFE!
'Earths' Wisdom' was a new challenge for me because of the size and scale. I consider this my most feminine piece. It consists of beautiful pearls of pastel colours,real amber crystals, lichen and raw silk(my wedding dress of many years ago!!). It made me realise how much beauty there is in this world and how we all hold an absolute wisdom within that allows us us to live a life of integrity and great joy. All we have to do is firstly 'see it' and then 'choose it' as a way of life.
'The Hand of God', the final piece is predominantly blue in colour. I picked up the preserved bark in Glendalough and the crystals are tourquise – the crystal that helps with clear communication. It came to me one day, that I realised so much of natural creation is based on 'INTENTION' first, then handing that intention over to a power greater than ourselves – out of which we manifest our truth. This is a very powerful piece and communicates so much – again, depending on who is looking at it.
The amazing thing about this collection of pieces is that each piece has a story for the observer – its all in the detail. We all see through different eyes, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder – I hope you see the great beauty in these pieces as much as was my intention.
Enjoy. Margot June 2013