I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Amber Jean's avatar Amber Jean

I was barely big enough to look out the window of my father’s station wagon when I first heard “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” play on his eight track player. One line in a song became a punctuation point; the memory marked a place in my life just as wood grain records the life of a tree. Trees inspire me. They have innate spirituality and unique personalities that reflect life’s twists and turns. My creative process explores the raw dark murky places while offering a glimpse at the “bright light” moments. I open myself just as I open the trees. Each sculptural reliquary has the architectural element of a niche – a place for a relic. The suggestion of a relic allows a place for the viewer to enter their own narrative and emotional response; the reliquary itself becomes the object. The trees were harvested while standing dead after a forest fire in Montana, carved and combined with steel, glass, semi-precious stones, barb wire and Swarovski crystals. My intention is to honor the fortuitous spirit of trees and people as I continue to explore the notion of relics and reliquaries. The result is art with a strong healing component.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 28-32 inches each
  • Medium: Three carved trees, steel, glass, gold leaf, barb wire, Swarovski crystals
  • Width: 30-35 inches each
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 90-130 inches each