Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shrines

Baby Memory Mobile by Honeysuckle Hollow

Most people think of shrines or reliquaries as sacred places dedicated to a specific person or object where the subject is remembered and often venerated. But the philosophy of the shrine I think can be applied to the containment of any memory whether real or imagined – who is to say what is ‘real’ anyway.

Shrines often contain idols, relics, or other such objects associated with the figure being venerated. For an artist and writer, memories are the bones and relics of creation.

As with all the ideas and objects posted here, I don’t list them so that you’ll go out and purchase them. That would be nice for the artists I know - and I am grateful to them for their willingness to share their work - but often, it is just not possible. My main aim is to share the work that uplifts and/or inspires me; that expands my life in some way. Maybe the work will speak to you as well. I hope so.

Tibetan Reliquary by Rusted Wings Gallery


Life is Memories Pendant by Jens Jewellery

Vagina Shrine from Quite Cuntrary

Bee Shrine (to the Goddess) by Chrisalis Moon Designs

The Measure of a Man by Julie Zarate from six06

Contemplation of a Butterfly by Chrissy Butler from a Wonderful Place



Estre by Malcolm Studio Shop



John Donald Carlucci sells his reliquaries through Darke Curiosity Emporium and generously supplies a free pdf tutorial for making one of your own.

Locked within the darkroom

of the past

I am

at will

with you

and for my pleasure...

20 comments:

Michelle said...

They are all beautiful aren't they!

Gotta love the vagina shrine :)

Rusted Wings said...

Your blog site is amazing!! Thanks for including the Tibetan Reliquary in your grouping of shrines!! I look forward to following it often for more wonderful finds!!!
blessings,
Abigail

Jenni said...

Hi Chrisy,

I am honoured to be included with your shrines. Beautiful site will be sure to share.

Jenni - Australia

elsiee said...

wonderful shrine collection - finally a proper shrine for the vagina, who is otherwise revered and adored in less wholesome ways...

Lisa said...

shrines are beautiful - i love the vagina shrine and the estre one.fabulous darling chrisy xx

vintagepix said...

Wonderful selection of shrine eye candy! Thanks for seeking these out and sharing them!

Cathy said...

vagine shrine, awesome!

Rusted Wings said...

These long seasons do wear on one....my daughter has been living in New Zealand the past year, engaged to a kiwi, and it was crazy talking to her on skype almost daily thru their summer, listening to the circadas screeching over our conversations, while the snow was gently piling up to 3 and 4 feet here in Montana!!!
Her blog add.is http://www.shariyahgarner.blogspot.com/in case you want to meet someone in your neck of the woods!
I bought some things from six06 bacause of you!!
Thanks and blessings,
Abigail

ArtSparker said...

Enjoying your themed links with the intro.

Sammy Girl said...

Hi, Chrisy -- Thanks for stopping by my new blog. I wanted to come by for a visit ... and will DEFINITELY need to come for an overnight. Your posts are all so "pretty and witty". I am either off to do taxes ... or covet the green silk shrug of an earlier post. You rock!

Betty :)

Hey Harriet said...

What a lovely selection Chrisy. I can certainly see why these would uplift and inspire you.

PS - Thanks heaps for the Hey Harriet spotlight slideshow. I'm very excited by that! You're the BEST! xo

grrl+dog said...

I woke with a start at 4am last night with that image of the vagina shrine vividly implanted in my conciousness..

grrl+dog said...

thank you...
I think

Snowbrush said...

I like shrines too. But a vagina shrine? It has to belong to a woman right?-- although I can't imagine a man having its equivalent, a penis shrine. Then again, maybe a gay man would. I remember a beautiful wildflower from when I lived in the South. It was commonly called the butterfly pea, but it's scientific name was clitoria something-or-other. Now THAT would make for a beautiful shrine, but then I'm more into flowers than vaginas as objects of beauty. Think Georgia O'Keefe, I guess...

Seth said...

What a great theme for a post and such varied shrines. So many new links to check out. Thank you!

Renee said...

Chrisy I love your blog. It is so great. I love the bee and the vagina.

By the way please don't get to dressed up for the salon, as I am in mis-matched pajamas that I have worn for two days.

Love Renee xoxoxo

Chrisy said...

These comments really make my day..so interesting to read the diversity of reactions to items like the vagina shrine...grrl can see you sitting bolt upright in bed eyes wide and thinking thanks verrry much chrisy....and snowbrush can see you shakin your head and thinkin what next...abigail i've been over to your girls place to play...renee i love the idea of the 21st century salon...am raisin my glass to you all...

planettreasures said...

amazing little shrines!
Why is it that these things speak straight to our souls?

J ..de Santa Fe said...

"who is to say what is real anyway " ... .
more and more it seems that REALITY fluctuates.
_______

Love that Baby Memory mobile -

Jjjj

Hi, I am Breeze said...

I need a shrine to my vagina...it's done magnificent things. lol.

great blog you have here, I'll be back.

ps..thanks for the follow
Breeze