Global Threads of Time

Shelley Evans's avatar Shelley Evans

For centuries primitive cultures have made figurative forms to house a spirit. These formed images were thought to bring good luck or protection and to hold special powers. The figures were made of simple materials and found elements. Often adornments were attached to the figures to strengthen the powers of the spirit. They were magical, made from the heart, mind and imaginations of the people. Many of the ancient cultures believe the power of the figure is not symbolic but real. Each figure is unique, and reflects the power and beliefs of its maker. As the maker of the “Spirit Keepers”, I strive to capture this same magic...... My work is very mixed media; wood, metals, leather, beads, textiles and found objects. I begin my work by fabricating an armature out of wood and metal. Each armature is a little bit different in size and shape. Layers of global textiles are bunched and tied to the armature. The layers are a variety of colors and textures unique to each piece. Sometimes as many as 12 or more layers will complete a figure. The heads are carved, textured and painted, then some sort of hair or basket may be applied. I hand sew on all the beads, buttons and adornments to empower each figure. I have also added a bit of Myth, Magic and Folklore! This Five Piece series, 3-D Mixed Media Sculpture is titled "Global Threads of Time".

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: Mixed Media / Sculpture
  • Width: 116 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 36 inches