Recently created my largest installation to date in downtown Austin! This project is especially exciting because of the emerging talent involved in this Austin based, artist-driven gallery. Dynamic and edgy, night events at the new gallery venue Big Ass Canvas often include cutting-edge artists, performers, dancers, and live musicians. Simply put, there’s no other gallery space like this in Austin! I built my “Phoenix Rising” installation in a small, dim-lit room in the back, serving as a sacred room within the gallery, where tea ceremonies, meditation, and random acts of creative expression continue to emerge organically.
The installation consists of a glittery gold side, and a dark, drippy black side, centered with a scale weighing golden light and darkness. Dreamcatchers made of organic materials hang from the tall ceilings creating an ethereal layer between the viewer and paintings hanging on the back wall. The paintings feature a phoenix rising from ashes in both eyes, ready to burn your darkness. Tiny LED twinkle-lights line a diamond third eye up high, along with the altar below. Viewers are encouraged to choose to burn their darkness or anything that isn’t serving them at the altar, empowering ourselves to bring light and newness into our lives.