Eye of Storm
broom handle, wire, wooden branches, dried palm leaves, fabric, fringe, pearls, cowrie shells, mahogany pods, jacaranda pods, milkweed pods, dried seeds, river stone, wire, yarn, acrylic on canvas scraps, twine, string, bells
NFS, inquire artist
Eye of the Storm is a protective cleansing ritual object that accompanies River Water. The materials that make up the piece were collected by the artist and found in both nature and at home. The piece symbolizes the purpose of calling to our guides to remind us of virtues of alignment, intention and clarity.
Eye of the Storm is a tool in activating the Yoruba philosophy of Ashé/ Axé/ Asé or Personal Power while enhancing communication with the Divine. Eye of the Storm is part of Lehna’s Wood and Water series.
Details on the materials in Eye of the Storm:
Jacaranda Pods - The jacaranda plant is known for its connection with the moon and is associated with wisdom, rebirth, wealth, good luck, the magic of spring, elegance and creativity.
Mahogany Pods - Mahogany has strong protective and healing properties. It is recognized for its ability to withstand lightning strikes. The wood is known for its tough exterior and represents wisdom and strength.
Milkweed Pods - Milkweed is known for being a connecting force between the natural, spiritual and human realms. It is used for its healing properties and represents transformation. Milkweed’s potent nectar is home to Monarch Butterflies, whose migrations are threatened by climate change and pesticides.It represents focus, perseverance and overcoming obstacles.
Fallen Tree Branch- represents new life, rebirth, associated with death and a need for spiritual renewal.
Cowrie Shells - Symbolize ocean, fertility, health, good luck, abundance and protection.
Pearls - Honesty, love, purity and new beginnings.
Beads and fabric scraps - passed down from Lehna’s matriarchs who did craft and beadwork.
Description of Wood and Water Series:
In July of 2020, I began my research based installation titled Wood and Water. The Arawak Indigenous name for Jamaica is Xaymaca and it translates to the “ Land of Wood and Water.” I have been studying the history of colonization in relation to nature on the island. In my research I am learning about the socio- political complexities of that space while mapping where my family and communities narrative is in conversation with that history.
My approach stemming from a series of family interviews, gathers clusters of accumulated disparate materials representing home and my ancestral geographies. I utilize materials such as painted moving blankets, ribbons, palm leaves and drop cloth in combination with crystal-like beads, stones and plant matter to enhance the narrative of my piece to illuminate the color and form of the objects.