Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
There was an information tent along with this installation so I checked it out to learn more. The artist is Thom Ross. He specializes in large figurative installations depicting historic American scenes that live in our minds and imaginations.
This particular scene - I was VERY surprised to learn - was a recreation of an actual photograph taken on the very same spot in 1902. It is the troupe of the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show. Buffalo Bill is right in the middle front. This puts the installation and imagery into a whole new context. It isnt just a frivolous and - some could argue - racist depiction of Indians. It really happened!Now, of course, the minute I saw this I knew it would not be without controversy. One treads lightly - and rightly so - where images of Native Americans are concerned. But I doubt there is anyone who doesnt know the truth about the treatment and decimation of the peoples who met the settlers and soldiers as the American West was "tamed", so to speak. I think we are well aware that this image of the Indian - resplendent in war bonnet and feathers - is more a cartoon than the truth. And by the time that 1902 photo was taken, the Native American population had been destroyed by many means and these people were relegated to putting on a "show" for the curious and ignorant. That said, there is no question that this imagery which lives on in our hearts and minds is beautiful and stirring.Each figure is cut out of 3/4" plywood, numbered and signed by the artist. The fact that these pieces are flat adds a philosophical touch: they are as flat and false as the "truth" the try to depict - these weren't proud people equally sharing the glory, money and fame from this Wild West Show. They were relegated to serving as court jesters by this time. The artist says "the meaning of the installation must be determined by the individual viewer; what they feel when they view the piece will be the meaning."
To see more of his work, or communicate with him, go to his website: www.thomrossart.com
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Due to the fascinating transitions the Frog goes through in its life, it is a symbol of metamorphosis. Furthermore, the Frog’s dual time spent on land and water represents duality of the soul. The Frog also symbolizes creativity and forward thinking.
Frog Animal Totems Facilitate:
- Patience in undergoing life transitions, clarity of thought during transition
- Embracing of personal transformation, welcoming internal morphing
- Jump into creative thought, and leap out of habitual thinking patterns
- Acceptance of our diversity and celebration of our opposite poles found in personality and lifestyle
These frogs range in size from approximately 22" tall down to approximately 7" tall.
As you can see the foliage is young but as it grows the frogs will become less obvious and more of a sparkly surprise among the leaves for neighbors, dog walkers, etc. There are 7 of them in all.