Cross of Memories by McKeown 97995

Deanne McKeown
Deanne McKeown
"None of us perceive the world in exactly the same way. Our oneness lies in a yearning to touch and to understand. My work is an endeavor to share my thoughts and vision through form and color and relationships, hoping to charge my images with meaning which will reach across the spaces between us."
Byron McKeown
Byron McKeown
Over the years I’ve learned to appreciate excellence although I rarely achieve it. The closest I come is in the ephemeral areas of concept and integrity. But, since I believe that my next effort will be my best, I will continue to pursue excellence.
Silver Jewelry
0.75" x 1.75"




The Ginkgo tree is a living fossil, the only example of it’s species to survive after the Pliocene. It’s leaves have long been used for medicial purposes, most commonly for memory enhancement. The tree is exceptionally hardy-the most extreme example seen in Hiroshima, Japan, where six trees growing between 1-2km from the 1945 explosion were among the few living things in the area to survive the blast. The ginkos, though charred, survived and were soon healthy again and are alive to this day.

This cross is a symbol of the tenacity of memory-the accumulated information that is handed down through the centuries, and on a personal level, largely creates who we are.