This month I will be setting up a working space in Galeri Caernarfon Cyf. (formerly known as Cwmni Tref Caernarfon Cyf) it is a not for profit community enterprise operating as a Development Trust. Galeri Caernarfon Cyf's vision is that: "anything is possible...through creative thought and sustainable action". I began preparing for the 'Y Wal' (The Wall) project a couple of months ago, the project is to cover a 2m x 2m wall section in the open public space of the art center. I started collecting old books on minerals, gemstones and rocks, imagery I had wanted to use in my work for a while not knowing fully what I had planned for them. I pondered over the project on many occasions on my journey's in and back home from work and like many things it has started to fall into place now that I am actually creating and not just thinking about it.
Delving into more research I found beauty in the science behind minerals, the chemistry and the geometric natural wonders of them. The wealth and status they occur and the endless admiration and joy they give as gems and jewels. Their wonder to heal and present a higher being to ones aura (if you belief in that sort of thing).
I've also been searching for quotes and sayings that have links to minerals and gemstones, I am yet to find the ultimate line but here are a few I have come across.
“I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes. I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles. I look upon the finest silken robes as tattered rags. I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit, and the greatest lake on Earth as a drop of oil on my foot.”Buddha (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)
“Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel-mine and coming out with empty hands”Japanese Proverb quotes
"Not on one strand are all life's jewel's strung" quote from William Morris (English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the English Arts and Crafts Movement 1834-1896)
“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.” Salvador Dalí quotes (Spanish painter, 1904-1989)