Sacra : Totemic gateway
Sacra ("sacred things": plural of sacrum).
The sacrum, literally the ‘holy bone’, signifies our first passage, where we officially emerge from space to substance, into the worldly realm. The sacrum is also the last bone to disintegrate, and thus held special significance in ancient cultures; the sacra of animals were carved into sacred objects used in rituals, as a reminder of the past and future passage that we all share.
Sacra's focal point is a ‘sacral object’ suspended from a gate that echoes the “torii” gates found in Japan. These traditionally indicate a passage from the profane, worldly plane to the sacred realm. My concept for “Sacra” mirrors that journey, but by using the image-grabbing qualities of convex and steel mirror, also reframing the threshold conceptually, so that journey is represented in reverse and thus also ‘in between’. The upper gate is bowed, like a receptacle, waiting to receive and ‘funnel’ source into form. The gate and hanging sacral totem together represent a pivotal axis between infinite and finite, a point of transition between lightness and gravity.
Clusters of convex mirrors, like a network of cells, gather our images into their nuclei, reflecting our collective origins. Framed into a mosaic portrait of shared reflection...both as individual points of existence and as one great living organism, our potential as well as our shared fates hang before us. Sacra asks us poetically, to reflect on the space between ‘sacred’ and ‘worldy’, essence and matter: us.
Inspiration: Sacra is literally inspired by a series of vivid dreams! First, I had three dreams, each one 2 months apart, each with a large, silvered object that caught my attention with a quality of 'presence' that drew me toward it. The first one showed a series of Japanese-inspired temple structures, the most intriguing of which was a 'torii' style gate. The second dream brought me along a meandering path directly to a very large suspended object, from which the sacral object in Sacra gets its overall shape. The third dream brought me into a conversation with a martial artist who gestured (i.e. "mirrored") the directions and patterns that I was creating by seeing them in the same silvered material as the first two dreams.
The last dream was after I fell asleep watching a Bjork video (the Moon), which includes a sacral shape. In my dream, a woman was waving a shovel-like object made of bones in an ethereal blue underwater setting. I noticed how the shovel was fragile, with a shell-like scoop that was hollowed out, but also shaped like a sacrum. Then, the word "Schepping" presented itself, from my first language, Dutch. The word "schep" means shovel, also portion, while "Schepping" means "Creation", both in the artistic and the religious sense. Of course, the waters and the woman represented the beginning of life. The shovel/scoop reflected the portion of consciousness measured into the fragile shells of personal existence that we all are. After writing and reflecting on these series of dreams, elements of each dream clicked into harmony and thus I was able to bring them together into "Sacra". I integrated the refined , distinctively Asian aesthetics of the first three dreams and balanced those with a fierce, futuristic Nordic aspect...a nod to Bjork (and my) glacial-Arctic roots.
2019: Originally, I was not planning to bring a sculpture to Burning Man this year, but after stepping into the community again, I was inspired to refine this concept and create it for the Burn, especially because this year's theme is "Metamorphosis". Because it's late in the year, the grant cycles have long since passed, so this means that I will have to raise funds through community, here on Kickstarter, to offset the out-of-pocket costs that most Burning Man artists have to lay out.
Thanks to the generosity of fellow artists, I've been granted use of a workspace and have a team in place.
Now I just need to raise funds to help offset the material costs. I would love to raise at least $4000, approximately half of the estimated material budget for my sculpture concept, Sacra.
- Welding work
- LED lights.
- Truck Rental for 2 weeks/Fuel.
Everything helps and I truly appreciate it!
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Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
As an artist that lives abroad, the challenges of building large-scale art without a home base are huge...I have to look for workspace, borrow tools, vehicles, equipment. Building in the Bay Area means that it's not easy to find crew with much spare time and energy to volunteer on projects. We stay with friends, borrow cars and trucks, so we have to be resourceful and flexible about expectations.
But, we have the energy/ inspiration to do it and take care of all our own costs...
The big thing is that I have to ask community to pitch in with the material and transport costs.
To manage our art-building time in the USA, we stay with friends, borrow cars and tools. We are very much supported by our community in this way, but it does present logistical challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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