The golden spiral, a “perfect” shape that shows up in countless ways in nature, ever expanding, is allowed to distort, build strength, dissipate, and also revel in its beauty. The porcupine quills are in memory of my grandmother: a strong, talented Ojibwe woman, and creator of beautiful traditional porcupine quill baskets. The vein of gold emerges in the design to signify hope, strength and light. This work was begun in a course taught by Kelley Knickerbocker a few years ago, about exploring negative space. As I created this piece, I found it quite naturally “spiraled out of control” in many ways, both literally and figuratively.
9x12”, art glass, mixed media