My project for week 4 was inspired by my fascination for the Cairns, or rock piles, I found while hiking in Sedona, AZ a few years ago. Sedona is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. It is known for it's gigantic red rock formations and is very popular with artists and spiritual people. It is said that several energy vortexes are found in the area and one day I decided to go on a hike to try and find one. Although I'm pretty sure I never made it to the exact location of the vortex, I saw hundreds of rocks that were piled on top of each other into little stacks. All this time I thought that they had to do with something spiritual because there were so many of them. I've even seen them on occasion on other hiking trails. In researching what these piles are called so I could write this post, I found out that people often build them to mark trails. So I guess in reality they are not as spiritual as they are helpful in preventing people from getting lost. Still, though, there were hundreds of them in an open rock field in Sedona so they clearly weren't marking any trails. They just made an awesome sight to see on my hike! I think everyone who hiked the same path built one in that field.
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Piling rocks isn't as easy as it seems. To get a good stack, you have to make sure you choose the right rocks that are going to stack nicely and not fall over. I decided to make the subject of my 'art journal' entry this week about balance. I scoured the internet and found the perfect quote, coincidentially from another one of my favorite artists Henri Matisse.
What I dream of is an art of balance.
Here is the resulting piece: