Tuesday, March 27, 2012

guest post - shae freeman

Sometimes the hand remembers 
what the brain does not.
It recalls what the rest of the human has never known.
There are unknown cartographies in the fingertips, 
ones that map old memory. 
- anonymous   

       
Objects exist as visual language, representations of complex ideas before spoken language itself was even established.  Ritual objects, spiritual objects, fetishes.  Objects for remembrance, objects for hexing.  Objects for containing the spirit after death, family heirlooms and objects for earthly remains. Good luck charms, protection and safe travel. Functional objects, objet d’art and artifact.  Objects are tasked with carrying precious and sometimes fearful power. Our species has an affinity for tangibility, for acquisition. Our relationships to objects are so vast and complicated that very many of us are not consciously aware of them.



As a maker, I use the same tools and traditions that have been used in metalworking for thousands of years.   I am following an ancient and deeply embedded tradition of object making.  My hands, the intermediary between brain and tools, are the executors of intent which make the ideas a tangible reality.  As an artist, my responsibility lies in truthfully reporting the world as seen through my eyes.  The end result of my interpretation of the data I receive through my senses is what name we give to an object- art.  As a creator, I am tapping into genetic memory, collective unconscious and archetypes imprinted in the human animal’s psyche- the wellspring from which we all draw.  This skill is only honed by the act of creation itself, and by opening interiors doors to allow it to enter.  In creating, the attempt is being made to enter into a state of grace to receive creativity.  By allowing myself to be open, if I am very lucky, I can channel this imperative and let my hands do the rest.  The object thus made will be invested with power shaped through my unique focusing of the lens.  A uniqueness we all have in common.

I am a visual artist, a visual learner and most of my communication with the general populace is visual. So let me tell you a short story, visually.







Thank you for letting me share my limited understanding of the universe.


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shae's work ranges in scale from jewelry to large sculpture (7+ ft. tall)

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11 comments:

mairedodd said...

thank you so very much shae, for sharing yourself here... your work always makes me feel 'more'... my understanding and sense of the world become deeper... it is a gift to make that happen for people - and you do... but as much as a gift as it is, it requires hard work and focus... and you certainly commit to both of those...

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Stacie Florer said...

What a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the way you see the world. The opening quote really resonated with me regarding our hands. I have found in my own practice the importance of moving out of mind and into hands...and the amazing things hands can come up with if you just get out of your own way. Beautiful work...so inspirational on many, many levels. This is a subject near and dear to my own heart...transcending the world of art jewelry and sculpture and focusing on the ephemeral quality of what it is that makes us feel compelled to interpret what we experience and see in the physical. Very nice to meet you, Shea!

Patty said...

Thanks to Mairedodd and LMAJ for opening my mind to such an inspiring artist. How amazing to be able to respond in so many unique ways to nature's beauty! Shae's eyes and hands are amazing.

stregata said...

How very true - our species has been collecting and making objects since the beginning...
Thank you for sharing your interpretation and your talent.

Artisan Beads Plus said...

There is nothing like pictures telling a story. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your interpretations. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and giving me a peek into your artistic process.
MaryAnn

Libby Leuchtman said...

Such a lovely post. I love the inspiration photos.

ciaolucia said...

Hello Shae, I have admired your work on Flickr and it is so interesting to hear your thought process. Thanks for sharing and what a cool photo of your hands (I'm assuming they are yours)! Lucia

stacilouise said...

thanks for your beautiful post and your beautiful creations. So happy to have met you and had a peek into your world.

Unknown said...

thank you all for taking the time to read this-and your lovely comments-I am honored! Lucia- yes those are my hands!

Kelli said...

THanks so much for joining us!!! LOVE your interpretations! The nautilus is just exquisite!!!!!!
You have an incredible eye!

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