Over the last five years or so, I have made a number of collages that feature a figure coming out of a container—emerging, as it were, into a bigger world. I found each of these images compelling and very powerful, but it was only over time that I came to see the repeating pattern or consistent theme. These are a few of them.
THE 2017 EMERGENCE SERIES
As I was playing with images for new collages this past fall, allowing them to grab my attention and show me how they wanted to come together, I realized there was an evolving series that followed this same pattern and emergence theme. I decided to develop them as a set, with a consistent size and background treatment, so they could work and speak together. (Each is on an 8” x 8” ground.) The ten panels can be arranged in any configuration and any order. Collectively, they speak of a changing consciousness, something happening on an energetic level that I am giving voice and face to. Here’s what came forward when I asked them to speak:
SPEAKING IN A COLLECTIVE VOICE
We are all emerging now. We have been held in, often in exquisite containers, but we have still been waiting, we have been stored inside. Our faces and forms are from everywhere—from many peoples, many dreams, many imaginations and creativities. We are rising now to what has not been contained, what has been just beyond reach. See the light in each of us—we each embody it, rest in or against it, have it shining on us, pick it up and transmit it. We are classic, holy, revered, contemplated, we have halos and auras and transmitters. We are all stillness rising. Look: this, our community, that is coming out now.
SPEAKING AS INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Look at my cold, small-eyed face. I was longing for something enlivening. I now rise from a workbasket, holder perhaps of laundry, or apples, companion for everyday tasks. I arise to a new bubble, a bright aura, and I will be transformed. Soon my eyes will grow large as I come to see more and more. I am looking about, and it is stunning.
I have held pain and fear, buried in an elaborated vessel of ancient patriarchal culture. Mine was a grimace of pain. But I am coming up now, no longer stuffed down in there. I am emerging into my true filigree halo, and tears of anguish are falling off one by one
I am still contained, not pushed down or hidden in my container, but contained in my knowing. As I rise from this beautiful basket, my full aura comes through: my vitality, my quivering reds and golds, my shining nut body. Behold this holy mother with huge vibratory pulsing.
I am rising from stone, from snakes. I have been holding female power all along, and now I am coming out fully. I smile. I look with great love on all of this. I am jeweled, and I am listening. Note that I hold channels down to the earth, beautiful blue channels of wisdom and love that carry messages both ways. I bless you all with my peace, calmness and certainty.
I am a cosmic being, with snakes and birds and pulsing pulsars, with stepping stones, with alert pieces working together. Look how I beam forward from my heart. I receive, I broadcast. Connect with me, coming from this and other planets, coming out and beaming.
Prince Ganesha comes out of the cauldron—you can’t hold me! You see my energy rising. These wisdom pearls show you we are all coming up. Such beautiful materials, the coral and turquoise, the gold and brass, the pinkness of my body—we are light-filled and dreamy. Indeed, no obstacles. Do we surprise you? I am eternally ready, available. Hi there!
I have been masked. I had a golden mask, a valuable, golden diadem or crown, and a lovely, handmade container. Nevertheless, I have masked the truth. Now I am rising into something beyond. I am unmasking. Note the glowing necklace around my throat—the energy bursts all around. My disparate parts will now stand apart from one another, calling to the sun.
I too come out of a metallic prison, but I am turning the metal into a crown, into jewels that come to life. Look at my light! And I hold so much pattern—patterns of people from everywhere. I have receptive ears and eyes ready to fully open. I am a being of light and I cause my face to shine upon you.
I arise from a lotus, and hold to the ground as well as the cosmos. I turn everything upside down. I hold order and rising sun. I have large ears to get the messages of the cosmos. I see you from deep within and I hold fast, grounding you with the biggest messages and truth.
Watch me, hear me, use me. Deeply aware, my container is light filled, alive, shiny, moving. It comes from a pedestal. All is in balance. I hold old knowledge. My feather beard and big ears show that I am all about hearing, receiving messages, and bringing them out.