Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wired Heart Cage

Yes... it's been some time, but the truth is I have enjoyed
the serenity of just doing and being in the moment, none
of which has included blogging, however it doesn't mean
that I haven't thought of YOU- my fellow blogging artists.
Actually, I think of you often and hope that each and
everyone of you are doing well and finding peace in
this holiday season.

For a while now I have felt my heart in a stranglehold, a bit
lost, not my usual self perhaps this is what has inspired my
wired heart cage. It holds a myriad of game pieces, some
beach glass which I have stamped with a dragonfly, a toy
compass, a found rock upon which I have inscribed the word
"listen", a found coin token, a broken seashell. I used bailing
wire, copper wire, and silver wire to create the enclosure
and a vintage skeleton key.

I believe the message in this piece is significant for this time
in my life. I'm in the midst of some sort of change, new
direction and that there are still missing pieces to be found.
The key is to listen closely and pay attention.

I must say it was really challenging trying to stabilize these
little game pieces while wire wrapping but I really did enjoy
the process. The finished piece is about 4" x 5".

My next intention was to create a base for this heart, some
sort of background. I started to work this mosaic and I had
the idea of making the part where the heart would be
placed to be only mirrored pieces so that it would allow
for the heart to stand out and the small game pieces would
be reflected back into the mirror.

Nope, nadda, no good. It was not the right idea. Too busy.
Now I'm not quite sure how I will finish this mosaic but
I am certain of the next move for my heart.

I do appreciate your patience and kind words while I've
been away. My daily full time job has been busy and
mentally draining these past few weeks.

I'm hopeful that the New Year will induce a new
creative spirit and a little more peace into my daily
existence and YOURS.

One thing I know for sure is that I've learned not to worry
about what comes next. It's a grand adventure and I'm
along for the ride. Thank you for joining me.

My other blogspot: "The Way I See It"


K Hutchinson said...

WOWZERS! I have really missed your wonderful creations! These are both so cool but I have to say that mosaic is singing to me! I really really want to try doing mosaic! You are always just an inspiration to me! I hope you find so peace and happiness. Trying something new always helps me do that! HUGS!

Unknown said...

take your time. we aren't going anywhere. i remember having heart palpitations back in my late 30's and when i meditated upon it, i saw my heart encased in barbed wire. i imagined taking wire cutters and snipping my heart free from its cage. it took a while to keep my heart free, and there are some places where my heart still feels constricted. I think making art helps.
i look forward to seeing how you finish this up.

John M. Mora said...

"...the sun is up, the sky is blue
it's beautiful and so are you
dear prudence won't you come out and play?
dear prudence open up your eyes
dear prudence see the sunny skies
the wind is low the birds will sing
that you are part of everything
dear prudence won't you open up your eyes?
look around round
look around round round
look around
dear prudence let me see you smile."

Just perfect, Andrea. The heart pulses and the mosaic is brilliant.

How did you get that heart background blue?

So special to be in.spired.

My bast to you and Gerard.

Merry Christmas.

When is the "Sound of Music" on?

Anonymous said...

What a great little piece, the wired heart! I know what you mean about needing time for yourself and life that doesn't involve blogging. I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed trying to keep up with work, holiday prep, my normal daily demands, AND blogging. The only way to stay sane is to take regular breaks. My best wishes that you receive all you need in the way of rest, peace, love and harmony. xo Serena Pia

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

i love the heart..i hope you have a beautiful Christmas.

xoxo nita <3

Anonymous said...

Yay, so happy to see you back. This is a wonderful piece too. Wow. I need to look at this a little longer...but its Xmas eve and I just dropped by to wish you a GREAT CHRISTMAS!! Hope it's merry and wonderful!!

John M. Mora said...!

C. L. DeMedeiros said...



shayndel said...

What a beautiful way to figure out the workings of your heart, through your art.
If you place your heart on a base like that, surely it will start expanding and breaking free from the cage.
(I think it already has)
Wishing you a warm and peaceful Holiday season.
Nice to meet you.
And as CLD said above me,

Pierre Raby said...

Love this piece Andrea! "In the midst of some sort of change" in your life? Uncomfortable but what a beautiful place to travel...
2009 is coming, great vibes to you!

among found objects said...

Really like the heart. Nicely done

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I've passed on the "One Lovely Blog" award to you. It is here on my blog: I very much enjoy your work!! Serena Pia

Artists With Artitude said...

Your heart, real and artistic, is so poetic. It is overflowing with precious secrets and yet transparent, letting us into your sacred space. It is open, leaving more space for experiences and taking in the world...

Who holds the key to your heart, Anrea?! Tee hee :)

I know exactly what you mean: sometimes we need to open a parenthesis and just mindfully "be." I like where you're going...we're still be here for you.

May the new year bring you even more of evertything you love.


Kris Cahill said...

First of all, I love this heart sculpture you have created, and the story you wrote to go with it. I understand the need to pull back into oneself and do what needs doing.

I have no doubt that you will find what you are looking for. Sometimes it's just necessary to be quiet for a time and let the process of transformation happen. I respect that you have done so, and I'm glad to be back here to see what you're up to now. Happy New Year to you!

among found objects said...

Good advice and thanks for the comments.

Janet Kincaid said...

I love the wired heart. I looked at it several days ago and was blown away by it.

For days now, I've contemplated what's in my wired heart. I can relate on so many levels to what you've captured in this piece. I'm hoping 2009 will be a year where I set my heart free again...

Thanks for the inspiration.

John M. Mora said...

A happy new year - I appreciate all your kindness, generosity, advise, mellowness, best also to Gerard and al the birds in your yard (wee little hint - we need pic updates).

The hills are alive with the sound of comments....

Debi said...

I love the heart and what it means to you. I find stuff all the time when we are out taking pictures and think how delightful they would be in a found art piece. So I collect them. And collect them. And I have made zero pieces. I need to hang out with you. I'm sure I'd be inspired. Or just leave it all on your door step one night.

Tami Bayer said...

This is an amazing piece. I find the cusp of change the most difficult. Once the ball starts rolling it gets easier. Here's to a beautiful new direction.

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