I was a small child when the first grand tour of the treasures of Tutankhamen came to America. The madness in the art world that surrounded it filtered down to my childhood world and, through books and magazines, found it's way into my soul. Not long after it was a tour of the permanent exhibit at the Carnegie museum's antiquities section that really stirred my imagination.
For all of the luster and glitz of KingTut, I was even more taken by the simple, everyday possessions of the ancient Egyptian that I saw in that museums cases. It was that first glimpse into the life of, what I imagined to be, a boy just like me, that inspired the life long love I have held for that era and the pantheon of Egyptian deities.
So, now with my adult self creating statues and amulets that are all directly inspired by ancient pieces and primarily those of everyday worship in that ancient Egyptian world, I have received a very meaningful nod to my work that ties hits whole cycle up in one small way.
Yesterday two of my pieces were purchased by a woman who is part of the La Habra Children's Museum in La Habra CA. They are having an installation come October that will be a walk through tour of a scribe's life in ancient Egypt.
The pieces are these below:
Bes and Taweret
She also sent me this description of how the exhibit will be set up.
***The exhibit is called Egypt: Land of Ancients, and it basically follows
the life of a scribe named Peneb. The gallery is rectangular in shape
and is about 1000 sqft. Guests will enter through a gateway following
the river Nile, which cuts through the room diagonally (blue carpet,
with fiberglass rocks, papyrus reeds, a fiberglass crocodile etc). On the East side of the Nile is Peneb's house
which will simply show daily life for a scribe's family; a market
place with food and livestock, a textile stand and a spice stand; and a
temple to Thoth, which is also the scibe school, where touring kids can learn
hieroglyph-to-alphabet symbols and spell out their names with wooden
blocks, and also a simple number system.
There will also be a small copy
of the Rosetta stone and an explanation of it's importance, an alter to
Thoth, and an area on papyrus. Across the river to the West will be a
wabet, where kids can wrap a mummy, with explanations regarding egyptian
beliefs on the afterlife. We then move upriver to the present to an
archeological campsite and Paneb's tomb. Inside the tomb will be a
wooden coffin and artifacts, plus a DVD on egyptology.***
Needless to say the best part of this, for me, is that it is for young hearts and minds! I can only hope, looking back over the years and the way those early exposures to ancient cultures helped form the person and maker-of-things I am today, that there will be one or two who come away with the same intrigue and sense of awe. . . as well as the comfort and connection I felt then, the kind that permeates the soul and settles there to reappear at some point in adulthood when it is needed most.
For me, every piece I send into the world is a wonderful affirmation that those ancient spirits never die. . . and these two, going to be part of something that will open new eyes and minds, well, that makes me feel incredibly joyful. . and I just wanted to share that with you today.