I finally got around to repairing this beautiful little sculpture today.
It’s a piece called “Blossom Dweller” by Nova Scotia artist Linda Johns from her “Invocation” show in 2009. I acquired the piece when I was working at Lyghtsome Gallery, who represent Linda. This piece is smaller than many of her pieces, as Linda a multi-disciplinary artist whose works can be quite large scale (if you go to StFX you may have seen her paintings in the Angus L MacDonald library). The majority of Linda’s work centers on her relationships with animals, and the eyes of her sculptures indicate whether the animals in her piece are living or a spirit (dark eyes = living, white eyes = spirit). I fell in love with this piece, which is made of carved whalebone, driftwood and sea shells, when I was measuring the works for the “Invocation” show. I also learned more about how Linda acquired the whale bone from Newfoundland when I helped edit her book, “Whalebone Odyssey”.
This piece didn’t make it into the “Invocation” show because I purchased it before it went up and Linda thought I should have it before the show wrapped because I fell so in love with it. The night I purchased it I left the piece at work and it got a bit chewed up by my employer’s dog. The next day Linda graciously took and repaired the piece. It then got slightly damaged in a move (you can see the cracks in the nose in the above pictures), and today I finally epoxied it back together. Every time I look at it I feel like I’m seeing it again for the first time, because there is something so special about it. Maybe it’s the connection to nature that Linda also shares. And now, all the little cracks tell even more stories surrounding the piece.
Here’s a video of Linda talking about the “Invocation” show and her connections between art and nature:
Linda Johns Invocation 2009
And a short bio about Linda from the Life Network about her relationship with animals:
Linda Johns Life Network Bio