This ceramic clay sculpture is about 21 inches tall, and was sold to a retired professional couple who have been a wonderful influence on my outlook in life. Metanoia II was inspired by a vision I had one day of a species of intelligent beings that had evolved from a more feline history. My daughter had already drawn a picture of a woman that was based on some sort of supposed contact a friend had with another visiting species that was a more feline-appearing body. Her picture is different than my sculpture, but I had a vision of this woman even before I saw my daughter's drawing. And having cat companions I caroused with, it wasn't a far stretch to study my Siamese cat's head structure and elaborate on that.
My reasons for creating this piece had nothing to do with alien species, it was more symbolic of the different layers of ourselves. Perhaps the feminine conscious and the subconscious. After my previous husband's suicide, I sought therapy with a wonderful Jungian psychologist, who took me in hand and explored my rich and amazing dreams through the window of symbolism. I could not afford to pay him his fee at that time, and it turned out he was in love with my sculptures, so we worked out a deal for two years. It didn't take long for either of us to realize the exciting symbology inherent in the sculpting I did professionally but was unable to explain to others. Perhaps it was not my job to do that, my therapist surmised. Maybe I am the messenger, and others are the translators. And so it has been for years since then. I invite anyone who views these postings to try your hand at interpretation with commentary. As I have found through conversations at gallery openings, there are so many out there who offer the last puzzle piece, and no one's offering is anything less than synchronous and appropriate. Doesn't that fish look happy?