Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Public Animas Ceremony Part 5b(1): Art. Let It In. (And Celebrate the Artists: Anna Nelson)

Continued lessons from the Public Animas Ceremony: An Invitation to Passion.

Annabelle & her magpies.
Such a delight: Annabelle & her magpies.

If The Vision is true, it will find the right people. Celebrate them.

With great regularity I come across fundraisers, auctions, art shows, etc. featuring varied artworks where there is no mention of the artist contributor as a person. A name, yes. Maybe it is the animist in me, but when I experience art, it usually makes me want to know more about the artist. I think the humans behind the art should be celebrated as much as their work. So, in an effort to do so, we created laminated biographies to accompany each of the bowls that were created for this ceremony. Since the bowls were auctioned off as part of the don't-let-your-ceremony-bankrupt-you strategy, each person who took home a bowl also took home something to help them "know" the artist better. It's all about relationship.

For the next few entries, I will be including the biographies of our artists in an effort to further celebrate them & express our gratitude. Also included are the statements they provided (if provided) about their piece for the Animas Ceremony: An Invitation to Passion.

Anna Nelson: Artist, Adventurer, Dreamer
Artist, Creature of Passion & Whimsy -- Anchorage, Alaska

Anna Nelson is a life long adventurer, dreamer and bubble blower.  She is completely enamored with all of natures whimsies , be they cacti plants in the red dust of Sedona or tiny arctic orchids in the mountains near Denali.  

Her passion to express herself has lead to painting, with a brush or sometimes her whole body, found object sculpture and hooping.  Most recently her obsession has been with anything aviary and she has been harvesting and collecting delicate skulls of all kinds of winged creatures which she is organizing into an upcoming show.  

Poppies by Anna Nelson.
Poppies by Anna Nelson.
Anna has lived in Tempe desert, which is where here heart is, and somehow managed to tear herself out of the desert long enough to earn an Associate of Arts degree in graphic design. She now resides in Anchorage Alaska.

Anna is a recipient of the Fred Machetanz Art Award.

In her spare time she runs a family business, gardens, laughs (a lot) and tends to a dog named after “The Outlaw Josey Whales”.  The rest of the time, she blows bubbles. 


Multi-media: wood, acrylic, laquer, dreams

Poppies have long been used to symbolize our want for remembrance.  Our need to keep and cherish those we loved an have lost close to our hearts.

Poppies also are for fertility, who can argue that with all those tiny seeds.

They are also for regeneration and renewal.

Indeed then, what else says “Passion” from the natural world like the soft petals of a darling poppy?

"Poppy" by Anna Nelson.
Poppy by Anna Nelson.

If The Vision is true, it will find the right people. Celebrate them.


Anonymous said...

Continuing to enjoy and be grateful for this series. My smaller, less ambitious group working went very well so thanks for being an inspiration.

Moma Fauna said...

I am so pleased to hear that your working went very well. :)
All ceremonies, imho, need to be what they need to be. Whether they are a suddenly-inspired improvisational bout of joy & gratitude while hiking, the collective, heartfelt effort of a small group, or some cRaZy, seven-month long epic journey, if they are allowed to be what they are, they will be just right in their becoming.

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