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Past Work ~ The Story of Reliquaries

All of the work in this gallery is in private collections. The work is demonstrative of Gibson’s use of natural materials and the evolution of her creative expression. The work dates back to the mid-1990s and includes pieces from her Earth Reliquary series and her Earth Altar series, as well as a temple bell housing commissioned by the Mount Holyoke College Department of Religion (South Hadley, MA).

Traditional religious reliquaries – containers for sacred religious objects – inspired the gourd sculptures. Here they are Earth Reliquaries, holding relics of the fragile natural world – animal bones, shells, poppy heads. The materials for this series include bottleneck gourds, driftwood, bamboo, stones, and bone.

Elaborate altars and roadside shrines in Mexico and Greece inspired the Earth Altar series, and while those shrines honor saints and persons who have died, Gibson’s Earth Altars honor places on the planet that are holy ground for her. The materials for this series include saplings, bamboo, hickory bark, and long leaf pine.

Detail of Chloe, WV Reliquary


Bodhisattva Gallery
Story of the Altars
Text of Invocations

Food Altar Gallery
Story of the Altars

The Iraq Project
Dhuluaya Gallery
Apology Letter
Harvest Aid Fund

Past Work Gallery
Story of Past Work

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