Spells for Social Causes

Spells are closely related to prayers, asking for intervention on the part of a higher power (sometimes our higher selves), to achieve a desired outcome. Spellwork involves ritual actions and setting an intention. Even something as simple as guided meditation can be regarded as a ritual. Unconsciously, we cycle through common rituals throughout our day, observing without thinking about how they shape priorities, perceptions and inner lives. Encountering certain objects in the course of a day triggers prescribed actions: a coffee maker, a car or computer triggers a cascading series of events, one leading logically to the next. In this way, we are like fleshy liquids flowing around the built environment through time. So, can we reverse-engineer pauses or breaks to check our intentions and actions at regular intervals?

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House Warding Tiles

Borrowing from the mystery traditions and folk medicine, this new collection of symbolic stencil cuts is for a series of stoneware wall tiles and corked jars that I’ll have for the Powderhorn Art Fair. Related esoteric imagery will be hand drawn onto enameled copper talismans beset with good intentions. Each wall tile and talisman is intended to act as a reminder to open the heart and mind to possibilities to flow around obstacles or attract abundance into our lives. House wardings specifically are to protect the energy of a home, keeping static out and good vibes in. We take subliminal cues from our environments all the time, here’s an attempt at deliberately seeding those spaces with intentional symbolism.

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Enameled Talismans

Stencil images airbrushed on clay surfaces have given way to enameling on copper. What I’d read is that it’s one of those things, you can learn in an evening and master over a lifetime. So, I chose a color palette to play with and hit order. Now, I’m easing into incorporating this new finish into a coherent body of symbolic imagery, applied across two different mediums. My thought is that the most frequently absorbed imagery around us should be planted in place with an intention to uplift. The talismanic use of an everyday object can apply to art, a garment, your favorite drinking vessel or necklace. If these are heavily laden with meaning, then they serve to reaffirm an idea about who we are every time our eyes pass over them.

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