Black, White and Red Triptych

Sherry Erskine's avatar Sherry Erskine

“Black, White and Red Triptych” examines the ways in which creating art can help connect the heart and mind in a personal search for meaning. It is a universal human need to attain self-fulfillment and personal growth. Carl Jung wrote, “Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.” In a creative process developed by Jung known as active imagination, I investigate the development of symbols and unconscious associations when making art. In this triptych, I explore ways the heart serves as a metaphor for human values of feeling, courage and belonging – values that nourish our relationships and societies. The birds, as symbols, represent a spiritual need to be lifted to a higher understanding of human experience. Consider the sculptures in the following sequence - Black, White and Red, which involves a progressively deeper encounter with the inner spiritual dimension of our being.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Raku and Wood Fire
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 12 inches