In 2012, the Symposium was again opened up to international sculptors and had artists from Egypt, USA (Native American) and France who participated.
I am Native American from the Seneca and Cayuga Nations of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Primarily located in New York State, we call ourselves Haudenosaunee, “People of the Longhouse.” The Turtle, specifically the Snapping Turtle, is the base of our culture.
My work mixes the turtle shell shape and the shields in a composition of curves and angles, softness and sharpness.
Ascending Egyptian Turtle
The turtle in ancient Egyptian philosophy represents darkness in the world. It relates to the world underneath so it is earthly. In the process of architectural development, the rough stone mass represents the earth.