I believe I might be close to finished with this new assemblage that I've been working diligently on for the past two months. It's gargantuan compared to my other assemblages but I felt the need to break the habitual process, and for me at least, the repetitive nature of creating things that are only as big as my work table! This assemblage I tentatively titled Earthbound Transcendentalist and it's 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide and 7 inches wide. It's made up of from 80 separate objects that I've mined from various sources like swap meets and goodwill stores. This assemblage touches on the search for transcendence beyond our physical reality. I incorporated representations of earthly life and aspects of the spiritual as guideposts towards another reality which that can be attained when one is contemplative and has a longing to find meaning in the suffering of everyday life. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote "We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness"