Object Spirit

"Witness," 1992
Vines, bone, horn, wire
55 x 24 x 8 in.
"Venus Web," 1994
Wood, bone, ceramic pieces, wire, paint
30 x 25 x 6 in.
"Yogini," 1998
Wood, vines, ceramic, copper, feathers, copper leaf
40 x 14 x 6 in.
"Y2K," 1999
Ceramic, coconut, found objects, gold leaf
14 x 4 x 6 in.
"The Guardian," 1993
Wood, wire, hair, copper 60 x 55 x 4 in.
"Striking the Cord," 1999
Guitar case, wood, vines, gold leaf, wire
42 x 24 x 12 in.
"Spirit Ladder," 1991
Wood, vines, glass, bone, wire
32 x 8 x 5 in.
"Safiya's Song," 1995
Seaweed, bone, wood, found objects, wire, gouache
35 x 35 x 6 in.
"Peace Pipe Drum," 1994
Paper, wood, bone, bell, gouache, cymbals
54 x 20 x 20 in.
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Object Spirit, like Icons, uses found objects from the natural world and from urban settings as essential elements for these constructed assemblage pieces.The discarded materials are charged with life, their beauty unnoticed and their utility undervalued.

These found objects are used as inspiration and resource materials in the above sculptural works.

I am struck by nature and its power, intrigued by the remnants. The cycle of life is inherent in all things.

Branches, roots, stones, shells, bones, and other elements found during walking meditations are selected spontaneously and intuitively.


Finding a way, through presentation, juxtaposition, and innuendo into new realms of perception is my ambition. These pieces are intended to be peepholes or portals to other worlds, connecting heaven and earth. During the creation of these pieces my psyche wanders through history, myth, magic, and religion;

I create my own symbols with new interpretations using very simple means of construction.

© 2016 by Olivia Beens

Email: oliviabeens@gmail.com

Photo Credits:

Sherman Sussman

Regina Cherry

Chris Bolton

Seth Rubin

Peteris Krumins

"Striking the Cord," 1999

Guitar case, wood, vines, gold leaf, wire 42 x 24 x 12 in.