Iron Mountain/Black Blade

A man named David gave me this amazing hematite crystal and lots of small, rough garnets. In a way, it was homage to him, and I was determined to use the stones together in a piece. The heft of the crystal is substantial, like a chunk of metal, and the shape suggested to me a nasty dagger point. I hesitated over making the garnets pointed or drop shaped, but liked the idea of the piece being capable of doing damage on both ends.

My husband, the gentler soul of this partnership, said that the crystal looked like a mountain to him (I call him the art critic). I saw what he meant, but couldn’t give up on the idea of a dagger, so I compromised. The stand has a friction fit, so it can rotate with the hematite crystal pointing up or down.

The clouds are a nod to Hokusai and the fractal nature of the clouds and waves of his “One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji”. The clouds were fractal in the 2D sketch, things disintegrated a little on the way to 3D. The clouds are carved out of one piece of Plexiglas, the clouds were sand-blasted and the sides of the stand were polished.

The iron of the hematite puts in mind the making of steel. Steel puts in mind the making of blades. For better or worse, blades make me think of Japan. The iron mountain is being mined to make steel, the pagoda is made by the people who don’t remember their ancestry, but can’t help but make things the way that they do. The bottom root type structures indicate an organic rather than inorganic growth of the crystals, and, in spite of the differences, the roots they share with us.

I am inarticulate on the meaning of my pieces. My subconscious makes these decisions automatically without me ever really thinking about them and I’m often at a loss to explain my motivations.
7”H x 7.25”W x 5.75”D

Iron Mountain/Black Blade