There are a few things that are absolutely amazing about being an artist...along with the pleasure of creating something with my own two hands, the greatest privilege is the connection that people have with my work and the gifts I receive because of it. This elk antler traveled all the way from New Mexico and as I unwrapped it on the eve of the blood moon, I felt my entire body resonate with positive energy. I've been carrying the weight of the growing full moon for the past week and with this gift came release.
Elk is a symbol of community, still requiring personal space, but also being part of a herd. They can swing from being passive to aggressive depending on the circumstance, and I certainly understand that bent as it is how I react when I feel cornered, too. As a totem animal, elk reminds us to be confident as it is in that which we can feel empowered. He reminds us to protect ourselves by taking time for ourselves but also to remember to remain closely connected to community...a lesson I've taken to heart this week.
AIRdirondack Art Project