She was project for a gallery show, a life size paper mache Mother Mary.

At one point, I came across a roll of prepasted wallpaper that looked like the sky and clouds for a nickel at the ReStore. This seemed like such a great idea at the time, I thought it would add a nice thick layer of strength to the armature. It did. It also trapped all the moisture inside the sculpture so that it couldn't breath and dry. Mary started to mold from the inside and was ruined.

I took her into the backyard and started to strip the layers off down to her armature. What the passersby must have thought to see me ripping apart this beloved icon.

As I removed the heavy robes from her, I could feel the energy of relief and freedom, she was glad to shed her heavy robes. She told me to create a new expression of herself. She wanted to dance, she wanted to show her beautiful form, she was unapologetic and excited about the process.

Through the messages and clues I received I could only guess this was the energy of Kali.

She taught me a lot during the process. We had a ball playing dress up and adorning her in countless ways. She went to the art show without me and returned to our farm several weeks later, where she hung out in the garden and watched over my baby plants like a vigilant mother.


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