Fleeting Forever Thought, copper and glass wall sculpture

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Thinking back, something happened to me in those trees...

I felt the roots grow out of my feet, deep into the soil. My roots mingled with the ancients around me. 

I felt their peace and calm and grounded spirit. I felt the light of their leaves touch my heart and embed a sense of contentment. 

Together, these trees and I are going to make something transformative. 

If not in my soul, then in the art I create! 
(but I have a hunch it's both) 

Black and white flower drawing embedded in glass on copper wall sculpture

The trees and I have been thinking a lot about flowers. 

Well, not flowers so much as what they represent - joy, beauty, renewal. 

bumpy textured copper surround flower drawings embedded in glass enamel, one of a kind wall art

In the words of Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh...

“If you look deeply at a flower, at it’s beauty, you will see that there is also compost in it, made of garbage. The gardener had the skill to transform this garbage into compost, and with this compost, he made a flower grow.”  

If you think of suffering - sadness, anger, frustration as garbage - you can transform it into compost, and from compost grows flowers and food and good things. That pain and suffering can become joy and and peace. 

electroformed copper with flower drawings embedded in glass enamel, one of a kind wall sculpture, detail view

Nothing is permanent. If a seed was always a seed, it could never grow and turn into a flower. 

Like the seed, our emotions are also transient and organic. Evil can be transformed into good and vice versa.  

We all have the power to transform the hard parts of life into magnificent flowers. 

copper and glass wall piece, detail view of CG signature embedded in copper side wall

I made this wall piece as an homage to this idea... capturing the memory of flowers, of beauty, embedded in a bumpy present where we churn and transform into more joyful versions of ourselves. 

one of a kind copper and vitreous enamel wall sculpture handcrafted by artist Catherine Grisez

A nod to the juicy inner world that lives within all of us. 

You can see how I made this piece here - months of work distilled down to 3 minutes...

 

I'm not sure where the trees will take me next, but I have a feeling it's going to better than a kid in a candy store (or at least as good!). 

What do you think?
Are your inner flowers blooming? 
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Comment below...

Catherine Grisez


2 Responses

Shannon Hughes

November 05, 2022

Your work continues to evolve in such beautiful ways. I love the large scale, texture and beauty of your new work. Thanks for sharing a preview and providing insight into how it’s created. Well done!

Don doman

November 05, 2022

W0W, WOW again, many many WOW’s. Exciting, Creativity to max !!!!!

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