Spiral Focus – 20” x 10”, oil and metal leaf 2017
My solo show is open at Red Cloud Indian Arts. It will be up through November and I hope if you can, you will stop in to see it. Here in this blog I wanted to share the concept for the show which includes the list of paintings. For that list, I wanted something that, like the work itself, would remain in flux, continuously unfolding, communicating directly. And so I set out to create a story, a poem, reflecting and uniting all of the pieces as one.
2017 marks my second solo show at Red Cloud. In 2014, at my first show I was painting about the death of my mother. Trying to release the pain, making my peace. The idea for that show started with a painting inspired by a piece of Royston turquoise in an old ring. That stone transported me to the safety of a cave full of light made of crystal and ice, where a pool of water stands. Symbolically for me it is the womb of the world. It is earth center, the all mother. That private place that keeps you safe, that allows your journey. I stand at the edge of the mountain and peer into the darkness, and I fly towards the light. I stop in that still point to listen to the silence, hopeful for the calm’s embrace, yearning to fill up the cup of my soul without coming so close to the flames that I burn up and vanish.
This new show is my return to self. My mother is gone yet I remain. It is everyone’s journey and yet we make it alone….
While following the hummingbird I stopped to have a conversation with the Mockingbird and she told me about the wisdom in the trees and the great interconnection.
Spiral Focus, Spiral Focus the Calm in the Chaos
Ravens circle one, two and three
While Clare rises with the owl.
Sky rider soars upon the Path of Souls contemplating the standing pool.
Reflections of the moon cast long shadows
while the Spiral River runs amid the caves of ice ~ Yael Kelley - 11.10.2017
The show can be seen at Red Cloud Indian Arts Gallery - 214 Beach Drive St. Petersburg FL 33701 phone - 727-821-5824 website - redcloudindianarts.com
Open Monday thru Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM