Description of Reliquary for Blossoming

I started a big life changing transition last fall around the time of my birthday. I realized time was running out & if I wanted to move more fully into my life’s work- making art & teaching art workshops that the time is NOW. In order to have the energy & the time to do that I knew I needed to leave my secure job of the last 18 years. I felt very anxious. I was inspired by my process to make this reliquary. The bear represents the fear. The shot up rusty tin can lid on top covers the relic & it has my Inner Critic standing on top. She is telling me that I am crazy, that I am sure to fail, asking me “What was I thinking?!” The same day that I gave notice I received a gift in the mail from a friend, with this quote by Anais Nin “And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom.”  I knew then that the relic for the bear/fear reliquary had to be a blossom! 

© Deedee Hampton 2012