21"H x 14"W x 19"D 2020; wood on concrete base
HEAD/TORSO: found driftwood pieces on beach in Ventura, CA ✦ HAIR: piece of Rosemary bush found in 1000 Oaks, CA ✦ HORNS (arms): hand carved pieces of underbrush from 1000 Oaks ✦ TAIL: piece of Pine found on hike (I can't remember where I found it. I have had it for years, waiting to turn into a Mermaid) ✦BASE: piece of deteriorated wood beam found in water at Lake Arrowhead ✦ SIGNATURE: stamped Maple coin
Its been over 20 years since I started creating Talismans from the detritus I find on my walks, travels, detours, escapes, missteps and planned migrations. The series has become a benevolent battalion of shamanistic figurines with a purpose. Talismans come into the world ready to work and jest. They are imbued with mystery and a desire to heal and motivate.