Journey and Story Sharing Blog

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A detailed collage of vintage scissors, measuring tape, and other household items artfully arranged to tell the story of a 1950s homemaker. The image captures the essence of the blog post "My Mother's Scissors," showcasing an intersection of assemblage and narrative through carefully selected memorabilia.

An Intersection of Assemblage and Narrative

In “My Mother’s Scissors,” seemingly ordinary objects like vintage scissors and measuring tape become storytellers, each element weaving together the nuanced tale of a 1950s homemaker’s daily life. This blog delves into how these artifacts not only represent her routine but also echo her distinct personality and the era’s cultural dynamics.

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This is an artistic depiction of the Infant of Prague statue, showcasing its intricate details and traditional robes, symbolizing the divine child Jesus in Christian faith

Infant of Prague Spiritual Journey

Join me on a captivating journey through ‘Discovering the Divine in the Infant of Prague.’ This blog post delves into the spiritual and artistic significance of the ‘Infant of Prague’ statue, exploring how it inspires a deeper connection with faith and the divine, set against a backdrop of personal memories and the beauty of spiritual art.

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This is a 3D assemblage sculpture made from a small box that's filled with monoprint flowers, a pinecone, and vintage items.

Finding Solace in Creativity

To find solace in creativity, I crafted this funky box and filled it with a little light. This symbolic act of placing light inside something I created wasn’t just about art; it was a metaphor for the inner light of hope and resilience, faintly glowing within me. As I worked on this project, I found myself feeling more hopeful, sensing a gentle but steady resurgence of optimism and strength.

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This is an image of a cherry tree in full bloom. It is used in a short film combining spirituality and creative process.

Spirituality and Creative Process

My first short film titled This Is God: Moments of Beauty combines my spirituality and creative process to give voice to personal experiences of God. Consider the power of video editing: a tool for entwining spirituality and creative process for deeper personal expression of your journey.

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My 3D Journey: Expanding Our Creative Process Sculpture uses many experimental elements: a handcrafted lazy susan, experimental gel stains, orbs made with textile medium, sculpted fairies, and LED lights to create the orb’s iridescence. Genesis 1-4 are all on rotating bases made from wood and stained to appear as though covered in water. The finish on the “Lazy Susans” also looks like clouds or sky: a nice surprise and fitting for my intent.

3D Journey: Expanding Creative Process

My recent journeys in 3D have been an adventure, but I am seeing that it’s an adventure that’s just getting started. The most important lesson I have learned from 3D Journey: Expanding Our Creative Process is “Keep pushing the boundaries of your creative process.” As I encourage you, I encourage myself in the act of never settling for what’s comfortable and familiar. We can try new processes and materials. We can explore new artistic disciplines. In these acts, we expand our experience, and we give the world a chance to see something new: something unique- that no one has ever seen or experienced before.

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This is a photo of handmade, upcycled paper flowers with floral embellishments.

Making Upcycled Paper Flowers

With practice and patience, you can create beautiful paper flowers. The process involves creating delicate and intricate flowers out of paper, using various techniques such as folding, cutting, and gluing. As shown in the picture above, you can use embellishments to make your flowers look more fanciful and artistic.

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“Plastic Menagerie” is a 3D relief of a variety of plastics mixed with underwater life: plastic water bottles, plastic soda yokes, plastic containers, and PFAS foam. These plastics are depicted as negative impacts on climate change and agents of harm on our ecosystems.

Art and Climate Change

“Plastic Menagerie” is a depiction of a variety of plastics mixed with underwater life. These plastics are depicted as negative impacts on climate change and agents of harm on our ecosystems. Despite the dangers of these plastics on climate change, “Plastic Menagerie” is teeming with life. Danger looms, but the message is, “It’s not too late.” “Plastic Menagerie” points to reusable options to slow climate change.

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I made this relief painting to capture my memories of past silent nights. A tree, a star, and Christmas songs are worked into this piece because they were the strongest memories of the beauty of my past Christmases. This piece of Epiphany Art at Christmas is made of cardboard covered with acrylic paint.

Epiphany art at Christmas

I made this relief painting to capture my memories of past silent nights. This required a journey back to my childhood. It required me to remember where it all happened and to imagine how it looked, felt, and influenced me. The tree, the star, and the songs are worked into this piece because they were the strongest memories of the beauty of my past Christmases. I am so glad I took this journey to the past. I have returned with peace, joy, and a sense of gratitude. How lucky I was to experience such joy. How lucky I am to recreate that joy through my “Epiphany Art” at Christmas. It lets me bring that joy into the present moment.

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This is a sculpture created from a small wooden box. It is titled “Outside the Box.” Pieces of curled paper are spilling out of the box. There are words on the curled paper pieces: misfit, outlier, dissenter, and deviant.

Journey Outside the Box

I made a sculpture titled “Outside the Box,” and it started with a small, wooden box. The pieces of curled paper that are spilling out of the box have words on them: misfit, outlier, dissenter, and deviant. They are words that express thoughts I had when I first considered “the outside.” I could have kept the box closed, folded all the simmering thoughts away, and locked the box tight. Instead, I let it open, and I let myself take a turn on my journey. I tried life outside of it.

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Dancing in the Doghouse is a spiritual autobiography. It uses words and images, created by author Alisa E. Clark, to communicate a spiritual life story.

Dancing in the Doghouse

I see hope in my life story. I can see the hope because I have kept an account of it: on papers with a pencil, upon canvases with a paintbrush, using torn papers, pastels, glitter and ink. “Dancing in the Doghouse” is my story of hope shared so others might see the hope, too.

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