Minoan Lotus Shrine by Zenovía
As an artist, I combine techniques of the re-cychedelic glue artists of the 1960s in CA (who later became known as "Assemblage" artists), assemblage, mosaics, and memory ware. I like to describe my work as “my Greek Orthodox grandmothers home altars meet the era of psychedelic glue art”, the results being spiritual in nature but light and joyful.
The candlelit shrines that I create are largely inspired by my grandmothers' home altars and home altars everywhere honoring spirituality, gardens, music, nature, or various themes.
Common vintage objects such as rolling pins and wooden spoons are preserved, sanctified, and transformed being adorned with mirror, jewelry, icons, shells, stones, beads, vintage and re-cycled treasures along with newer ingredients. Each piece radiates color and light and when candlelit, reflect and project dancing shadows especially in a dark room... all a reminder of how the ordinary can be extraordinary, and that nourishment and inspiration come in many forms.
The pieces can be used as a focal point for prayer and meditation to remind us to center ourselves, connect to our source, and feel the delight and mystery in our everyday lives.
I give special thanks to my ancestors; my grandmothers; both my earthly and divine mothers Mary; and to the late Lois Anderson, my longtime friend, teacher, student, client, and prominent pioneering artist in CA, for inspiring me.
Blessing Bottles, Blessed Spray Mist, Blessing Oil, Pendulums, Wands, earrings, necklaces and wearable prayer beads.
Pendulums have been used for centuries as a Divining tool to assist in answering life questions.
Blessing Bottles (also known as Spell or Prayer bottles) are a folk magic tradition made with specific intentions and prayers.... for Love (self-love, romantic love, universal love) and Abundance (of luck, money and all that is good), and other bottles for your specific intention. They contain herbs, resins, gemstones and symbolic charms together with prayer and intention to assist the owner in their life journey. They are sealed and should never be opened. Keep one nearby.
Blessed Clearing Mist: A blend of pure essential oils and intentions to use as an alternative to burning herbs and resins to bless and clear yourself and your space.
Blessing Oil: A blend for anointing containing pure essential oils, holy oil, resins, crystals and intentions in a carrier oil.
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