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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Anam Cara: The journey inward as told through image and function


Generally I believe everybody is at least three people, the person the world sees, the person our loved ones see, and our true self. Sometimes  I think we tend to close ourselves off from the outside world, work very hard to decorate our outer selves, and hope that that's all people will see us for and yet hate it when they do. To me it's the deepest conflict of self, this desire to have the world embrace who we truly are, yet afraid of the vulnerabilty this position puts us in. The thistles, griffons, hounds, and interlace knots are worked on the outside of the vessel. Griffons and hounds are mythologically tied to protection and gaurdianship, thistles are thorny hardiness surrounding a beautiful bloom. All of this is meant to communicate the complexity of the armour we build around our true self. On the top of the vessel is my "Luck and Love" knot, that's been pierced to allow light to shine through because often it seems it is only with a little luck that we allow that light of love to be cast through our defenses..
.The doors open and we can begin to see the beauty of the stone that lies within. We make ourselves a little more vulnerable to the world, but still remain relatively comfortable within our protective shell. You can see the "Luck and Love" knot casting itself upon the stone, I like to think this is akin to the idea that the love we feel from the outside is actually just a reflection of the love that resides within us, merely a shadow dance pointing to the true source. 
The pendant itself is us when we love one another. We always keep a little hidden, but for the most part leave ourselves exposed. The clasp on the stone's cradle is worked with my "Two Hearts Joined" knot, when we surrender oursleves completely to another, the line between "I" and the other blurs, I believe this is the door to the soul, what can be called our Buddha nature, or that space before a thought arrises.
The full beauty of the stone is only revealed when all of the exterior housing is abandoned. Although man has shaped it, it existed before our conception of it... natural, raw, and filled with the light that sparks every atom in the universe, beyond our comprehension but imbued in every aspect of us. Anam Cara means spiritual friend. A true spiritual friend will guide us past all the beauty and distraction of our many layers to the truth that resides within. 

18 comments:

  1. This piece is just stunning, Wanaree! I always love the intricacies of your knotwork, but the secret hidden aspects of the whole piece, each layer a new surprise! Your best work yet! Mitzi / Celtic Artisans / Mystical Creations Jewelry

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  2. Fantabulous piece(s) Wannaree, your concept of Anam Cara has truly been conveyed in its complexity.
    You have definitely gone up a gear here!
    I'm in awe...

    "that space before a thought arrises"...

    that'll keep me going for a while :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thanks so much Mitzi and Jack! It is such a joy to create these kinds of pieces, even more so when the meaning resonates with others. To me, sharing is the final step in the creative process, thank-you for being a part of that!

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  4. This is a gorgeous piece Wanaree and I truly believe it is Saul Bell quality my friend!! ♥

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  5. This is beyond words...just way too amazing..in beauty, in concept, in execution.

    I found you through the Yahoo metal clay group.

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  6. Superb works, very soulful!
    Greetings,
    Eva Maria

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  7. Hi Wanaree, your work is beyond beautiful. I love the old celtic knots and imagery made into something so original, congrats. Valerie Bashaw

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  8. Thanks-so much every body, I really appreciate reading your comments!!

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  9. Incredibly beautiful -- eternal knots that circle the firy core, which alternately hides and emerges as the ebb and flow of self and not-self dance together. I'm so glad I found your work through my friend Heike Killet's Facebook page.

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  10. Thanks so much Sue! You summed it up wonderfully!!

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  11. I love it. I love it. I love it. All. And I love you.

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  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :D

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  13. Wanaree your work transcends perfection. Makes me want to weep. It's just so full of purpose and specific love. Congratulations on winning 1st place in the North American Design competition. You deserve it!

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Stancil
    aka 'MRS'

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  14. Thank-you so much Michelle, that is very kind of you to say! I am deeply grateful to receive that kind of response, it is truly appreciated!!

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  15. I just came across your piece on Daily Art Muse, and can tell you that it resonated for me on a very deep level. You ventured into such a profound yet personal and universal experience. Your artistic ability is amazing, and I love it when a piece impacts on such a gut and heart level. I am in the midst of some deep healing work, and the timing of coming across your work is wonderful. Thanks for your courage in your expression. Many good thoughts to you! In gratitude, Michelle

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  16. Thank-you for the thoughtful remarks, it means a lot to me that people are able to connect to my work in such a sincere way.

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  17. I've just recently discovered you on Etsy and immediately made you a favorite. This Anam Cara piece is beyond, BEYOND -- in concept and in execution. Not only does your artistry dazzle me, but your sensibilities resonate with mine.

    Mar Sin Leat, Sorcha

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