There are several sculptures inhabiting the Cornfield space - Boat (Seed and Field), Tire Swing, Maizen Maidens, and several life-size Totems.
The wooden sculpture Boat was created as a polychrome free-floating ship anchored inside the Chorale space. With ‘grain silos’ as masts, which are also suggestive of dock moorings, the deck has been painted with the image of a cornfield. Boat functions as a multi-dimensional symbol, a layer cake of both masculine and feminine energies - a repository, a silo, a womb, an ark - a ship with it's dock within, resting between symbols of expansion and contraction. The destiny of Boat is to ‘float’ next to the Dais in the middle of Cornfield. Boat's anchor also floats, so to view the sculpture by walking around it is to 'walk on water' and dance on the sea of Maize.
"After crafting a tire swing for my kids to go under the large oak tree in our pasture, I looked at the remnant of the old tire from which the seat was carved and remembered the words of a sage about the purpose of the ego. He suggested that 'the ego is like a tire, for example, is it not? A tire only works well to help get us from point A to point B when its internal pressure is balanced . . . not too puffed up, or too flat.' The sage, who called himself Ganesh, further explained that all such analogies fall flat when pushed too far, so it's always a good idea to keep a spare in the trunk. Problems arise when a tire starts pretending to be the Driver. As useful as they are, all tires eventually wear out, yet can still be used for play . . . or for art." JN
Various tires appear throughout the Chorale paintings in Cornfield - An Artstory. A tire is a vehicle in its own right, and in this case it also serves as a vehicle for meaning. It’s shape in a perfect circle that suggests the nature of the energy within. Tire Swing was created with a kind of amusing curiosity and became a totem or stele-like structure of ascension, home to a kundalini or energy ladder within, all arising from a ground of emptiness. In ascending order, the words 'food', 'sex' 'power', 'love', 'art', and 'truth', are incised in paint on the back side. The last rung of the ladder is empty, the burnt wick extinguished at top. This scultpure was crowned Tire Swing to not only to honor the source of inspiration, but also highlight the fact that it swings around on it's vertical axis when the tire is pushed to the right or the left . . .
Tire Swing wood, steel, rubber, polychrome oil and acrylic panels, unfired clay 23”W x 23”D x 103”H
Tire Swing Stomp
Maizen Maidens water ceramic clay 12"H Water / growth Sun / harvest Earth / planting