"Jill Powers achieves the mysticism of the orient with handmade paper that she casts into starkly simple forms. The serene oblong shape of Ms. Powers's "Reverence" has the essence of an Oriental reliquary. A single dried okra pod hangs down in front like a ceremonial vessel."
-Review from the Sunday New York Times - July 15, 1990
Inside my studio wall of cabinets with glass doors lie an astonishing array of dried seaweed forms, all from oceans I've been to from the east to west coasts of our country. This is one of my favorites- a giant six inch deep lump of tangled life, along with some of the organisms that made their homes there. I came upon this dried up on a beach along the Gulf coast.
I've been researching and reading all about the way seaweeds provide food, shelter, shade, and many specialized habitats for ocean life. The health of our oceans depends largely on the health of our seaweeds.
I woke to find the world covered in crystals of an unusual nature... a rare combination, especially in the dry climate of Colorado, of Hoarfrost and Rime Ice. I love the science of how these crystals were formed. I am doing experiments in the studio with crystalization, and hope to have some of these pieces in an upcoming show.
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