A few months back, a piece of art was stolen from my tent at a local art show. To say that it was a surreal experience would be an understatement. After my initial emotional response of betrayal, shock, grief and anger, a very quiet calm settled over me. It's almost impossible to explain - it was if I intuitively knew that this event was larger than myself or my art. It has turned out to be the start of a very poignant and profound phase of my life. As a person, I tend to fall into my thought process. Getting out of my own head can, at times, be quite a chore. However, the more I thought about this event, the more I gave it up to the universe. Somehow, this experience has allowed me to reach even further than I thought possible just a few short months ago. When we lose something or someone we cherish, there are a number of ways we can respond. I decided to respond as if I had nothing to lose. I read a quote recently that said something like this......"Enjoy your life but don't become attached to it". Letting go allows us to loosen our grip and ease into our future - not as a leaf blowing in the wind but as a person with intention and clarity who simply decides to acknowledge that there is, in fact, a flow to life.
Since I started touching clay just a mere 4 years ago, I have never attempted to recreate a piece. My motto is to Let Go......Let Clay. I simply start a piece and the clay takes if from there as long as I step out of the way and let the process unfold. However, since all of this occurred, I knew Floating Lotus would reappear. It only took 2 1/2 short months but she is sitting on my table, smiling at me. She has been resurrected a little larger, a little more bold and confident, her petals standing a little taller and yet with more grace of movement than the original. For that, she has earned the name Dancing Lotus.