Artist Laurel Marie Hagner finds transformation and purpose in the “Art of Living”.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium: the world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open”. -Martha Graham
I stand on a precipice no larger than my feet. The wind dances around me as I look across the sundrenched clouds below. I have brought my offerings. All are small but hugely symbolic of my gratitude for having lived.
The first is my heart. Beaming. Full. This is where I keep my closest family and friends, and later in life, where I learned to keep all living creatures. This is where space lies and the universe unfolds.
The second is a small leather pouch around my neck, holding a plain black stone. This is the gift of gravity, mother earth and the ground beneath my feet. She has taught me that there is no birth without death. This is the beauty of life.
The third is a fresh bundle of sage, lavender, cedar, and willow. For these are a few of the many gifts that heal, connect, and teach the ways of forgiveness and love. They have taught me how to slow down and listen.
The fourth is a luminous owl feather. Catching the wind, carrying the thoughts, creating something from nothing. This is the secret to the great mystery that lies within my heart, my imagination, and in the depths of our subconscious. This is the power that taught me how to dream, find courage, and to trust.
The fifth is a small flickering flame at my feet. A slice of father sun and the very light that enables things go grow. Without this spark, we’d be nothing. We’d be darkness. No color, no food, no life. Fire is a powerful element, holding huge gifts, requiring great respect. When tended wisely, it will heat, nurture, sustain, and manifest. Fire has been one of my most powerful teachers.
I make these offerings daily, because today could truly be my last. This is my process, my practice, my gratitude, my way of living. My artwork is one way I share my devotion and is my offering. These works tell the stories of our spiritual needs, myths, archetypes, and deities that have lived in our hearts for centuries.
I choose to show up in my most organic state. I am a conduit, an artist, teacher, lover, daughter, and friend. I create, feel things deeply, and am insatiably curious and excited by the magic of life. My artwork and life reflects this. My purpose is to inspire, be present, and allow life to flow through me. I can only hope I help others to feel, remember, and connect to their own spiritual goodness, guides, and story.
“In most indigenous cultures there is no word for “art” distinct from the acts of making beauty in the routines of daily life. In contemporary western culture, each of us can perform as “artists” in our most healing capacity by remaking ordinary time and space into extraordinary time and space through simple ritual and ceremony”
-Alfred Savinelli, “Plants of Power, Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants” copyright 2002.
Needless to say, Glassometry Studios is changing. My focus is on creating sacred artwork, my studies and new healing offerings. This includes Shamanic, Buddhist, and Therapeutic methods. Upcoming workshops will focus on art and other methods of healing. In regards to commissions, I have recently completed 8 memorial artworks. Working as a spiritual artist to capture the essence of someone for their loved ones, is a significant honor. I have also completed a large cast glass sculpture of the Goddess of the White Salmon River for the White Mountain Druid Sanctuary in Trout Lake, WA.
At Glassometry Studios, we’ve recently renovated the gallery to showcase my new artworks. One is “Autumn Wildfire”. She is cast glass and carved wood standing over 6 ft tall. She teaches most who meet her about the beauty found in the great change called Death. Another is “Spring Tara”, also known as Life, or even more traditionally as the Green Tara. She is the balance of masculine and the feminine necessary to creation. She is also cast glass and carved wood. Other sacred works are made in a variety of materials. I still have many beautiful blown glass items available, and actually on sale, while they last. Otherwise, my intention is to move toward being as sustainable as possible. The garden at Glassometry Studios will be transformed into a medicine garden. Upcoming classes and offerings will be for the purpose of connecting, creating, and healing the community through “Art”.
“Avatara” –Invocations of the Sacred Feminine
is a small collection of sacred illustrations and shrines to several of the worlds most prevalent female deities. Each holds their place in offering compassion, deep wisdom, and a source for inspiration for those who find solace in prayer, meditation, and devotion. These images have existed for thousands of years and exist and function in the arena of faith that science cannot measure. The power of image and inspiration lies deep within our cells and spiritual roots as human beings. I am passionate about exploring, evoking, and sharing these sacred images and energies and I believe they are here to help heal us, and our planet.
Curious about how to purchase or see more of my work, feel free to email or call the studio. 541-354-3015 or firstname.lastname@example.org