My Work: Mobiles, Bead Hangings, Sculptures
Here's a selection of my work produced since 2014. I use a wide variety of media, primarily relying on found and donated materials (as in "Nova, here's a baggie full of my old unused jewelry, one-off earrings, and so on"). Please note: Covid Juggler is being offered as a fundraiser for our essential farm workers here in Ventura County who are especially impacted by Covid. Thank you! If you see something you like, please contact me at NovaClite.firstname.lastname@example.org!
ceramic, wire, beads
10 x 21 in (25 x 54 cm) $350
A space created for healing and rebirth during a vital life transition.
Covid Juggler, 2020
Found materials, wire, beads
13 x 38 in (33 x 98 cm), $450
All proceeds from sale will be donated to
benefit farm workers in Ventura
County during Covid crisis.
Covid Juggler - close up
Found materials, wire, beads.
Photographs by Harper Point Photography, Ventura www.harperpoint.com
Artist's statement: Covid Juggler dances through our world to spin a global pandemic. Covid Juggler tosses out probabilities - who will catch it, who will spread it, who will sicken, who will die. Covid Juggler cracks open our systems, reveals our fragilities and fault lines. We respond with selfless dedication or selfish ideology; we feel fear, compassion, anger, and every available emotion, as we all get swept up in the dance. Covid Juggler just laughs and dances on, looking for the next opening. A court jester for our time, Covid Juggler shows us the truths about ourselves that we can no longer ignore.
Fire in the Canyon, 2016
Drift wood, glass beads
17 x 41 in (43 x 104 cm) $350
A prescient piece completed one month before the Thomas Fire scorched Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Drift wood, glass & hematite beads
24 x 52 in (61 x 132 cm) $2,500
Created during March - June 2020 , this long bead work consumed many hours of patient contemplation of our world in chaos. After disruption, comes transformation.
Mo's Piece, 2017
Commission (private collection)
28 x 46 in (71 x 117 cm)
Integrates owner's unworn jewelry, memorabilia, and special beads into crafted "talismans" made to symbolize different events and phases in her life. Do you have an event, person, or accomplishment in your life that you would like to memorialize in a special bead hanging? Let's talk!
Found/repurposed materials, 2019
12 x 31 in (30 x 80 cm) $175
Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Islands National Park, once hosted large ranching operations. Now the ranches are gone and the island is in process of healing. Yet, there remain remnants of old barbed wire fences scattered around, just waiting for an artist to come along and pocket at few bits. Free hanging mobile.
Green Energy Goddess
Ceramic sculpture, reclaimed wire, beads
5 x 12 in (13 x 31 cm) (in private collection)
A sacred call on the ancient energies of the Earth
Found materials, 2019
17 in (43 cm) diameter, $350
3rd Place winner. 10/2019 Ventura County Arts Council show. Judge's comment: "This piece is both elegant and restrained at the same time - exquisite in its simplicity. Using only two found 'masculine' industrial discards, the artist has successfully represented the 'feminine' contained by the circle - a symbol of the goddess, the indirect, Mother Earth...And yet in its minimalism this sculptural drawing is not static as the circle is dynamically misshapen and the figure gracefully 'steps off' of it
into our space."
...and the point is?
Found objects, glass beads, crystal
(in private collection)
Balanced mobile using rust, recycled glass beads from Ghana, other stuff! Got rust? I can make something for you!
Clostridium tetani (Tetanus) 2019
Found/repurposed materials, beads
8 x 40 in (20 x 102 cm) $175
Rusty nails! What did your mother tell you?
So I thought while composing this piece. Includes carved bone and seed beads, and yes, a skull...
Shinto Gate - Rain on Lake (2019)
Glass and labradorite beads, redwood branch
14 x 36" ( 36 x 91 cm) (in private collection)
Beautiful clear faceted beads rain down from dark clouds, splashing into a sparkling lake. Suspended from a branch recovered from a local redwood tree burned in the Thomas Fire, the piece offers a
Shinto Gate to tranquility.