Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Morpheus Box Complete...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Morpheus Box Complete...


Just shy of two months  after the Michael deMeng workshop in Saluda, NC, I've finished my Morpheus box. It certainly did morph... We started the boxes on the second day, which, given the fatigue that accompanies this illness, I should have known would surpass my ability to make a sentence, let alone construct anything creative. But, I did get a good start. 
I brought it home with a voo-doo looking mask on one side of the rotating bar, and a transparency of a little girl and clock face on the opposing side. Hmm, how was I going to connect the two wildly disparate images? After stewing for a few weeks, I realized that, though I liked both sides, one of them had to go. I had dremeled out a niche for the mask/emblem, which was cool (love the flying dust), so I hated giving that up, but, not having any related objects, out it went.Once I cleared that hurdle, I began to think of morphing, changing, seasons.
 
I have a very dear aunt, who has been more like a second mother, and she is passing from this life, slipping a little further away each day. When I last went to visit her I realized that, although she is still breathing, giving slight indications of having one foot still in this life, her body is little more than a housing, a shell, her essence has already begun the final journey. Although it grieves me terribly, I decided to portray the seasons of life ending on a peaceful, somber, yet not dark and gloomy note. Once I had the idea straight, I was able to enter the state of flow and get to work. I didn't fully realize how symbolic this piece would be until I thought about who Morpheus was - the mythological god of sleep.  Here's to you, Aunt Grey, may your final journey be one of peace and light.

16 comments:

deMeng said...

Hi Patti
the Morpheus Box looks great! Nice work! I like how you included personal experience and symbolism into the piece...it will make it all the more meaningful in the years to come.

Oh...in response to your email question...one M in Dremel...I know it looks wrong and I have to keep looking it up myself.

hope you're well,
Michael

Frivolitea said...

Hello! I impressed that you continued to work on your morpheus box after your return home. I abandoned mine and went off to work on other things. Yours looks terrific! Best wishes, Frivolitea.

Leah said...

the morpheus box looks great! i'm sorry to hear about your aunt though. sending hugs to you and your family.

random notes said...

I especially like the way you have shown each panel before it was assembled into the morpheus box.
This is awesome Patti, you did a great job to completion. Thanks so much for sharing the photos with us.
Jane

Gena said...

Hi Patti,

Very cool structure. How wonderful that the project was so cathartic. Your Aunt Grey's muse may have help inspire your muse like your Aunt Grey did you. Sending you light.

Couture de Papier said...

Wow!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

WoNderFuL inspiring Art piece and you have given it so much meaning. I believe suffering brings about a blessing. And although I hate the suffering ~ I always look for the blessing. Seems you have found it!
Many Blessings!
Katie

quiltchick said...

An amazing piece of work, and full of such beautiful symbolism.

Patti said...

Thanks guys! It has been fun pulling old posts (well, for me in blog-time 2008 is old:) for the Buried Treasure project for wonderful readers who didn't see it the first time around!

lyle said...

your toad and frog tale is wonderful thanks for sharing it! reading was and is a big thing in our family and I know my grown kids would appreciate the story. how lucky you are! lyle

Debrina said...

Hi Patti! Guess what? I live in Sanson - 3km from...BULLS! How's that for synchronicity? In fact I used to live in Bulls when I was in hte airforce at Ohakea there. Ok, so now you've gotta tell me - who's your friend? I may know her!

curlykale said...

gosh your work is delicious, have you considered scanning some of it quite close up and selling the images as greeting / post cards? You would make many a penny Im sure :-)

alteredbits said...

what a beautiful and touching story, patti! thank you so much for sharing. your piece is wonderful!!

hugs to you and your aunt.

Studio Sylvia said...

Very moving Patti. Thank you for sharing

stargazer said...

Indeed, it is very symbolic, like opening the subconscious mind during sleep to reveal the child within. A beautiful masterpiece. all the elements combined rendered it an eclectic, rustic, and surreal quality.

3rdEyeMuse said...

I looked at the picture of the box for quite a bit before reading what you had written and found myself quite enamored with the piece ... your words/intentions make me like it even more.

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