JIM DORAN

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

René Treviño kindly gave me this G-Shock tin. The shape lends itself to showing identical, parallel realities between our world and The Land of the Dead.

 

As Above, So Below

From Wikipedia:

These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles, and they come from Hermetic texts. The concept was first laid out in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.”

In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical, emotional, and mental, this relates that what happens on any level happens on every other. This is however more often used in the sense of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm, and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) you can understand the other.

AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT

Something new – I found this Tea Forté box (stainless steel, no less). The tea is nice, too – this is the Blueberry Merlot. My friend Jeanne gave me some small lights to experiment with – the inside of this is so bright. Once again, I don’t think I did a great job photographing it. But, you can see how it works. Looking through the coffins, you have a glimpse into the Land of the Dead.

So great! I’m very happy with this piece.

The Binding of the Ghoul

The Ghoul was bound to the Grackles and then released, once he was tethered to their collective will. This shows the end result – complete with a real bird’s nest that Leezle found this summer. The reliquary was found in the dollar isle at Target. What a bargain – I don’t think Target realizes what they have there.

I tried making a bird’s nest out of paper. I made several and they weren’t very good. I studied this one, and I’ve been working with it for a while – it truly is a marvel.

THE GUIDE

Our imagination is our guide.

I had never heard of Altoids Chewing Gum until Sharney gave me a couple of these old tins. It makes sense, I suppose, that Altoids made gum at some point, as they are owned by Wrigley.  I like these tins. They have a long profile, they are deep, the inside is concave and very reflective. I used the shiny inside to give the illusion of even more flowers and ivy.