The animal totems that appear in "Let the Spirit Take You" (2012) are hummingbird, tortoise, and dog (Golden Retriever). The hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing the impossible, and finding joy in all things. The tortoise represents longevity, persistence, patience, slowing down enough to identify what's really important, and finding the abundance in simplicity. The dog generally represents faithfulness and protection, and the ability to love. The Golden Retriever in particular holds qualities of confidence, patience, friendliness and domesticity.
In this piece, all of these totems surround a woman. She is relaxed, yet vulnerable. And with vulnerability comes fear. The hummingbirds are flying at her head, sort of kamikaze-style. Perhaps they are trying to make most apparent that she can accomplish anything, and that she doesn't have to think about the how but rather just feel the joy of wherever the Spirit takes her. The tortoise provides stability for her to recline, but it is in her face, talking to her, making a point. Perhaps it is telling her to slow down and, again, not think so much, but rather watch, be patient, make it through. The retriever is lying on her feet. It doesn't worry. It loves.
Recently I had a conversation with someone about the nature of love. It is immutable, flexible, infinite, expandable, and unoppressive -- and solid. Love isn't fleeting, contrary to what many may think. Love allows us to break, and allows us to mend. It helps us complete the cycles we experience throughout life. Where would we be without it? Likewise, Love's friends -- Patience and Persistence, among many -- are also our helpers. They all work together to help us accomplish what we never thought possible. And when we let them help us out, things like how and time -- well, how shows up, and time moves without us even realizing. Perhaps that's part of the key -- don't think so much. Let the Spirit take you.
|"Let the Spirit Take You"|
paper and acrylic medium