On the Cusp of Magic

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."


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“This piece was inspired by a visit to a 12th century churchyard on the remote island of Inis Meain, one of three Aran Isles off the western coast of Ireland. The church itself is a primitive oratory – a tiny structure built entirely of stacked stone. The gravestones are for the most part, laid flat on the earth and covered with lichens, their inscriptions nearly worn away by time and fierce Atlantic winds.
  In the midst of this fascinating jumble of historic stones is a large round slab with a void carved in the center. Upon further research, we discovered it was a symbol that reaches far back in time. The ancient Celts believed that such stones had healing properties and were also windows on the Otherworld, that by looking through one might glimpse eternity.”
  “I have combined this symbol with ravens, a bird that is thought to have magical abilities in many cultures throughout the world. In Celtic mythology ravens are powerful symbols and are strongly associated with magic.”
Cast in bronze and finished in a polychrome
semi-transparent patina.