Totem

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I had the title of this piece before I started working on it. All I had visualised was the orb somehow floating around some kind of totem in the center. When I finished it, the Dancing Man festival came to my mind, and I wanted to change the title... "Dancing … (read more)

I had the title of this piece before I started working on it. All I had visualised was the orb somehow floating around some kind of totem in the center. When I finished it, the Dancing Man festival came to my mind, and I wanted to change the title... "Dancing Woman" and "HypnoTotem" were potential candidates.

But then I read more about totems and was thrilled to discover that in their essence, all a totem was, was an object, usually carved, of an animal or other symbol, representing a tribe or family and their ancestry. Their origins.

As mentioned with "Ovum", I have a great fascination with origins of all kinds, so I've decided to keep the simple purity of "Totem" as the title. What did you think of when you first saw it?


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Comments

A fantastic job, I think you've got the title, the textures and color take me to that world of spirituality you're talking about.

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Jody Vaughn Lawrence
(creator)
2019/09/24

Thank you! =)

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ruth allen
2019/09/23

If I tell you what I see in it, which makes complete sense for my life, world, loves and origins, you won’t be able to unsee it, so I will keep it to myself. There’s a lot of humor and joy in what I see. 😊 Mesmerizing as always!! Especially love the energetic crackles.

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Jody Vaughn Lawrence
(creator)
2019/09/24

Oh well now you've just made me super-curious, lol... But please do keep it to yourself if that is your wish ;) ... I love the intrigue. So glad you liked yet another of my pieces <3

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ruth allen
2019/09/25

If you really want to know, I will dm you and say...there’s a lot of humor in it, so be prepared!!

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Indrani Mitra
(owner)
2019/09/23

So the first thing that came to mind is that of a little girl - all her dreams and aspirations buzzing in her head and mind ... and that the world revolves around her as little children think till they grow up and learn to compromise and know that they are a part of a bigger picture .. from the news that I hear and things that I sometimes see, my hope is that they still retain the dream and the conviction that they can make it come true , that they believe that like the totem , all the ancestors wisdom and beliefs are alive in them and that they are a very important part of the world and center of someone's universe.
Wonderful work Jody - I love the way the concept is woven around the totem - I saw my first in Alaska and since then have been captivated by them - such beautiful pieces of work !

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Jody Vaughn Lawrence
(creator)
2019/09/24

My goodness, thank you so much for this comment. Flashes of what you've described did indeed pass through my brain as I was creating it... I wanted to call it "Burning Woman" at one point, because I was reminded of the Burning Man festival, but then those literal words put the burning of women as witches in my mind which was not at all what I was going for, though that led me to think of all the struggles women have had to face over the centuries for the only "crime" of being born a women. And how even today, still, little girls are often pushed into roles by their parents, painted for them by society... And despite titling it back to something more open to interpretation, all these thoughts will still forever be part of it for me now.

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MJ Moonbow
2019/09/23

Wow i wish icould see this in VR as 3D awesome work! Together with a buzzing electric sound and air woosh.
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Jody Vaughn Lawrence
(creator)
2019/09/24

Thanks MJ! I really, really am looking forward to one day getting a VR set and then using it to do 3D "moving sculptures" ... Such potential!

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Mike Butler
2019/09/23

I think Totem is the perfect title for this piece. It looks like an object of great power — the power of family and ancestors made visible. Very well executed.

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Jody Vaughn Lawrence
(creator)
2019/09/24

Thank you, Mike =) Indeed, "Totem" does feel right. There are cases when I've given something a title that I later regret - don't think that'll happen with this one.

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AMAZING work Mandelsage. I really love the concept of your totem being encircled by the movement of infinity. I also love how the orange and tan areas become alive as the sphere passes. The waves/pulsations of light electric blue are magical.

Such a magical world. Reminds me of a time when I snorkeled over coral shelves, off an island north of the Great Barrier Reef, here in Australia. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Jody Vaughn Lawrence
(creator)
2019/09/24

<3 <3 <3 .. The infinity movement was deliberate ;) and I am so glad that something I made reminded you of an experience of your own... That is part of what art is all about. I've never been snorkeling/diving before but it is on my list!

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This whole series that you are creating is wonderful, it really fascinates me. It is a nature tour in all its fields. It is an origin, a genesis. When I saw this work of first impression and without reading you it was more a tree than a totem, a tree of life. I admire your textures and your delicate work with the sphere. That electricity that is generated and that is what gives life to your words, your creation and the viewer. I am moved.

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Jody Vaughn Lawrence
(creator)
2019/09/24

Thank you so much, Norma. I am a big fan of the Yggdrasil myth so very happy that you saw that imagery in this ^-^ ... I'm flattered by your words, as always <3

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