Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 1: Unbury the Joy

This is the first episode of Touchstones of the Inspired Life a podcast dedicated to inspiring people through the personal journeys of those seeking their way to a more fulfilling life.   

Our first guest is Cathy Fennel, a voice actor and writer.  From a young age, Cathy has been in love with reading and writing.  During her formative years, there was little support for creative endeavors but a lot of advise from the elders to pursue a job that provides financial security.  Writing was not a part of their equation.  This is her story of holding on to and quietly acting on her dreams of writing.

Unbury the Joy

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Design by Carmen Davila Graphic Designer, Seguin, TX

Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

God Among Us

In the beginning:

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When asked me to write an artist statement for the sculpture, I said yes without blinking an eye.  My understanding was, I would go through the genesis of the sculpture in explaining the experience of my journey while carving the flesh of the wood.  

The reality we foresee this day is difficult to explain because the work is based on a strong feeling of faith.  From the conception to the finished artwork, I tried to capture a moment in its eternity.  The  artist in me created something that she does not fully comprehend.  The sculpture is the fruit of the changing seasons of my roots from soils of many cultures.  It is also a strong belief in the divine rather than a proof in itself.  I am just an instrument in His hands.  This being said, I consider it is more important for the artwork to speak for itself without intervention or explanation. 

Ideally, a two-way avenue of communication flows between the Creator and the viewer allowing his mind to wander in prayer.  The visible is something different for everyone.  While my explanation can be useful to the viewer for exploration and consideration, it can also limit or constrict the possible responses.   

Progress:

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Completion:

God Among Us

Photo courtesy of Matt Chase Photography

Unveiling:

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A Sculptural Prayer

Do not gaze at it

But sink into it through your eyes, and

Feel its intensity under your skin.

Do not just think about it, instead,

Meditate on it 

Let it carry you to the unknown

Fast, Far and Forever

To a whole universe …

To embrace the glory of creation and

The Creator