Patience – A Tide Pool Mask    1999

In your patience is your soul.

Quietly waiting without wanting
for the tide to come in, and then,
to pull out again, slowly revealing the swirl of anemones – their soft pastel mouths closing, opening, forming wordless underwater messages.
Crabs – precisely joined puzzles,
wedged in cracks, spewing bubbles.
Wave-worn encrustations upon encrustations of Bryozoa, barnacle, limpet, chiton, worm tunnel… .
Beholding all these anchored creatures, the virtue of patience is instilled.

 

35”H x 18”W x 9”D

Materials:  Fins are of heavy rag paper covered with plaster gauze and sewn with silver wire. Embellished with glass beads, garnets, blue agates, antique buttons, braids of rayon and cotton.  A glass cabochon on the forehead is a the portal to a moonlike aquarium of glow-in-the-dark fimo clay anemones. Found natural materials – carved sea urchin, abalone and crab shell fragments.  Scallop shells and sand dollar. Backside of fins– cotton/rayon brocade.  Interior of mask – satin.

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