This series combines poetry, photography, and metal leaf trees which were painstakingly hand carved by the artist, Nikki Smith. The full poem is a quote by Karen Ravn:
“Only as high as I reach can I grow
Only as far as I seek can I go
Only as deep as I look can I see
Only as much as I dream can I be”
I chose this poem to inspire my husband. We both continually strive to improve ourselves and to stretch our horizons. We challenge each other to grow and to think and to do and to learn. This poem and the artwork I’ve created around it reflect that creative spirit of curiosity, growth and boundless potential that I see every day in the loves of my life.
The tree is a common element among all four collages to tie them together visually. The first panel (GROW) has a silver-leafed tree on top of an altered photo of the sky with a soaring bird. The second panel (GO) uses copper leaf and an old map with the legend/poem raised as well. The third panel (SEE) has the tree cut-out and, in the original artwork, is mounted above a mirror for self-reflection. As mirrors would be a challenge to print, the depths of the ocean stand in for the mirror in this print version. The photo is a macro shot that I took of dew drops on a leaf. The final panel (BE) is a mixed gold leaf tree on a beautiful photo of the heavens.
You can read about the making of this artwork and see additional photos on my blog here: http://www.booksmithstudio.com/artistic-creations/only-as-high-as-i-reach-can-i-grow/
Each piece is also available separately, as well as together in a 2x2 grid layout.
If you enjoy this artwork, please explore my galleries or visit my website for more art: http://BookSmithStudio.com
February 10th, 2013
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