Kathy Bruce｜潮汐寶石 Tide Jewels
潮汐寶石 Tide Jewels
Bamboo, branches, on-site natural organic materials
From ancient times, the moon and its relationship to tides and the female body have played a significant role in the mythology of the landscape in many cultures. Our creative biological and psychological cycle parallels the phases of the moon and tides the same way that the tidal wetlands in Guandu and Shezi are influenced by the tidal cycle. “Scientific evidence suggests that biological cycles as well as dreams and emotional rhythms are keyed into the moon and tides as well as the planets. Specifically, the moon and tides interact with the electromagnetic fields of our bodies, subsequently affecting our internal physiological processes.” Contemporary society is often unaware of these parallels between nature and our own human bodies.
A set of three interconnected female figures is built to represent the ebb and flow of the tides. Each forms a totemic basket type structure interconnected by their flowing woven skirts representing the flow of the tidal waters that will also act as shelter/habitat for wildlife. Tidal Jewels symbolizes the global call for the public to look outward beyond our location to conserve and protect our rivers and parks. Secondly, by considering the human connection between tides and human emotions, we can understand the natural life cycle process of which we are all a part.