It seems impossible that two years ago, I got on the train to Churchill and enjoyed a week along the Hudson Bay looking for polar bears and trying to absorb the enormity of that space and those bears, the spiritual beauty of the northern lights, and the crashing reality of the fragility of life. We flew home from that trip on the day after the US Presidential election. I have still not processed all the emotions that I carried with me, in shock, on our way home - not even sure I could call the US home anymore.
But it's been two years. I went back to my full time work at the UM in August of 2017. I've been working in fiber now for a year, needlefelting pieces and 3D creatures you can see on my other site, www.25thousandbears.org
I was afraid that maybe my glass working days were behind me. But then three opportunities came knocking (good things always come in threes!) - a challenge at Salt Valley Arts for their Arti Gras 2019 celebration, an invitation to submit to William Bonifas Fine Arts Center The Art of Interpretation show for July 2019, and a reminder by a dear collector and friend that their new store, with the need for new artwork, will be opening in 2020.
What does this all mean? Another time of re-definition, renewal and productive creative making? Let's plan on that. It seems like an impossible leap of optimism during a time of great sorrow. But I have to focus on the light that comes through the clouds, not the darkness that we all fear.
Stay tuned for images of new work emerging in the spring of 2019!