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Newsletter 1, New Moon, Art as the Journey Volume 1, April 19, 2015

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Art as the Journey

Laurel Marie Hagner’s new works reveal myth and mastery

After years of creating art for many environments, I have returned to my most personal, spiritual, and technical artwork.  I have 7 life-size mixed media figurative sculptures in-progress.  These works reflect our myths, archetypal stories, and  ideas of who we are and where we come from as spiritual beings.

I’ll be sharing my artistic journey, art exercises, inspirational stories, spiritual and artistic resources, as well as upcoming classes and workshops via my blog, Facebook, and bi-monthly emails.

Upcoming Class Series:  “Unleashing Your Inner Artist”. These classes will guide students in creating one’s own visual language, exploring numerous processes of expression, and how creating art can serve as a healing experience.

IN THE STUDIO

“Deep Devotion”

goddess, sculpture, glass, casting, kiln-formed, Jamaica

This is one of my cast glass sculptures that is still in progress. She is 120lb solid and stands 32″ tall. A seated belly dancer, soon to have her mudra forming hands in prayer, stretches toward the sky. She will also have beaded crystal and glass veils and sit on her own base. All of these pieces will become altars to different aspects of the Divine Feminine.

This is one of my cast glass sculptures that is still in progress.  She is 120lb solid and stands 32″ tall.  A seated belly dancer, soon to have her mudra forming hands in prayer, stretches toward the sky.  She will also have beaded crystal and glass veils and sit on her own base.  All of these pieces will become altars to different aspects of the Divine Feminine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Spring Tara”

goddess, sculpture, glass, clay, casting, kiln-formed, Tara

I began sculpting “Spring” …. “Green Tara” … “Mother Earth” in her most fertile time. This spring I unveil her and the deep layers of her story. Archetypal in nature, reflected across every culture, she is life. Much of her specific imagery comes from Tibetan Buddhism.

 

 

 

I began sculpting “Spring” …. “Green Tara” … “Mother Earth” in her most fertile time.  This spring I unveil her  and the deep layers of her story.  Archetypal in nature, reflected across every culture, she is life.  Much of her specific imagery comes from Tibetan Buddhism.

 

“Fall Wildfire”   

goddess, sculpture, glass, clay, casting, kiln-formed, tara

 

 

 

 

 

“Wildfire” began in 2013.   She measures 4 ft tall, 18 in wide and 4 inches thick and will be cast in glass and bronze.  She represents the transformation found in fall.  When all the leaves have peaked to their brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows….as if celebrating their year of birth and experience living.  Then they fall, die, and become one with the earth again.  In their passing they nourish the tree for the upcoming year and growth.   We are no different.  Our experiences throughout the year accumulate, we harvest, wind down, celebrate and contemplate the year as winter begins.  In the darkest coldest part of the year, we also embrace New Years, a time to reflect and decide what seeds we will plant for the upcoming year.  It is a time of renewal.  Here you’ll see an egg at the base next to her balancing foot, representing  new birth is always present. At the top corner you will see a spider and web.  This represents the weaving of time, an ancient symbol in many cultures.  Each moment, experience, and choice is like a thread woven into the tapestry of our lives.  The ring around her head that she is grasping is reminiscent of the harvesting basket and the halo found in sacred images across cultures including Mary, Jesus, Buddha, Tara, and many more.  This represents the higher consciousness found on the spiritual path.  Fire and air encircle her as she steps forward out of the past and into the present.  She is liberating her self through the similar process of the phoenix….where from the ashes new life is born.

 

 

 

 

“The Water”

water, chandelier, glass, metal, stainless steelwater, chandelier, glass, metal, stainless steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Like a star-scape in the galaxy, life is a river we are all traveling on.”
I must unabashedly admit, I have created a 25ft suspended glass stream that will be lit with fiber optics and glass lotuses.  I originally started this piece as a memorial for my father, but quickly realized its scale was something to recon with.  I had to follow through with my vision.  My hope is that this piece may find its home in a healing or medical center, or a place that focuses on water conservation.   I’m excited for the unveiling party later this summer!  

 

Laurel Marie Hagner

Laurel Marie Hagner the artist.

 

Gratitude 

This is a big transition for me as an artist and business owner.  Thank you for the interest and support you have shown in the past.  I hope my new work will serve to offer even more  meaning and inspiration.  

Upcoming Classes and Events
This summer, I will return to teaching with exciting new classes built from the many ways I create, practice, evoke, and explore myself and the world around me.  My healing art practice and process is an indescribable gift.  I look forward to sharing it with you.   
Please share and like the things that move you!

 

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