I’ve always been fascinated by how the image of the world tree repeats in so many cultures. But my absolute favorite is the Hindu concept of the world elephants that support the earth as they ride through the universe on the back of a giant turtle.
I covered each elephant in motifs from china patterns, partly because the designs are beautiful and trace back to a time when the past was idealized. But mostly, I chose this motif because the Blue Willow pattern reminds me of the basic comfort of sitting at my grandmother’s table on winter days eating toast with lots of butter and marmalade (always served on one of those plates.)
As I continued working on this book, I realized that it had become something like a little altarpiece to the Hindu deity Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. I included two Sanskrit invocations in the artwork. On the left side is the Vakratunda Ganesha mantra for the removal of all obstacles. To the right is a prayer for prosperity.
|Title||Songs from the Celestial Navigators|
|Artist/Creator||Mari Eckstein Gower|
|Place of Publication||Redmond, WA|
|Book Bound By||Fabrication; Kat Gower|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Inkjet from original pen and ink paintings|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||12 illustrations|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Tri-fold with accordion with gate folds with hard, case-style cover. Presented in a hard-paneled, 4-sided portfolio wrapper.|
|Medium/ Materials||Carved bone elephant|
|Paper Stock||Superfine Cover|
|Number of Pages||12 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||6.5 x 10.25 x .75 inches closed. Extends out to 59 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 35|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed and numbered|