“Transmutation” was created for the Doors to Recovery fundraiser held at the Nevada Museum of Art in September of 2016. It was made using mixed acrylic media on a full size, solid core alder door, and was selected as one of only 15 (out of 86) that was live-auctioned the evening of the event.
“Transmutation” was inspired in part by a poem, in part by the extraordinary stumps found in coastal forests that over the course of many cycles breakdown and as new life emerging become ecosystems in themselves. This is my response to the query of ‘what does recovery (sobriety) mean’? I choose the word ‘recovery’ because it is a concept that belongs to everyone… whatever an individual is recovering from. To me recovery means forgiveness, acceptance, and bringing forth life, always, from what is.
Excerpt from “A Settlement” by Mary Oliver:
And I am walking out into all of this with nowhere to go and no task undertaken but to turn the pages of this beautiful world over and over, in the world of my mind.
Therefore, dark past, I’m about to do it.
I’m about to forgive you.