15″ x 17″ yellow cedar, gold foil, stained. The inside measurement is cut out for an 9″ x 11″ insert.
This piece was part of a solo exhibition at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, “Filling Empty Spaces: Attraction and Distraction” In this show, I use my artwork to represent the numerous and erroneous ways we fill an emptiness within. For each piece, I name what we pursue, followed by what it is we really seek.
Titled “Religion: Seeking Purpose,” the carving on top can have ambiguous meaning; either a god sleeping, or a person in prayer. The celestial beings represent an insistence on the magical. The circular face on bottom with the gold foil, indicates either a halo or a reference to an early sun god.