This is a picture of the very first beaded antlers from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Use Art to Transcend Limit ~ #WhyIQuest


According to the dictionary

Simple Definition of LIMIT

• : a point beyond which it is not possible to go

• : a point beyond which someone is not allowed to go

• : an amount or number that is the highest or lowest allowed

We put limits or constraints or boundaries on ourselves. Nowhere is this more apparent than to the artist in their art.

Because art is personal, a huge sense of one’s vulnerability is involved. There is a sense of the world using a magnifier to examine you, your reasoning, your ideals, yourself.

As I’ve talked with more artisans and experimented with different art mediums, my respect for art has grown exponentially.

My own experiments showcase the progression. Of course, I see this clearly in retrospect.

These embellished black and turquoise antlers illustrate art by Mary Ellen Merrigan of MaryEllenBeads, Albuquerque.
©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Black and Turquoise
Bronze Beauty Art is the work of Mary Ellen Merrigan of MaryEllenBeads, Albuquerque.
©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bronze Beauty
Purple Mountain Majesty is the art work of Mary Ellen Merrigan of Mary Ellen Beads, Albuquerque.
©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Purple Majesty

My expressions reflect my respect for and the beauty of nature. One isn’t better than another, merely different. New techniques and diverse materials allowed me to present different perspectives. I discovered in the third presentation a sense of ease that was not part of the first two. What’s more, I have the beads and a design (in my mind) for a fourth set of antlers.

My Story 

Nine years ago, my self-imposed limits did not allow me to consider possibilities outside the realm of stringing. I saw myself as a beader, maybe a stitcher. I hesitated to call myself a jeweler.

As I moved through limits, I can now talk about the artist within. I can share with you what happened as my own heart expanded through the practice of art. The metamorphosis happens with others as well.

My premise is simple: if you dare to practice your art, you will find yourself going beyond self-imposed limits. In the pursuit of random acts of beading, I found ways to learn new techniques, practice assimilating various steps and produce a new result.

This is #whyIquest: to transcend limit. I choose to #quest to transcend limit. I encourage you to do the same. Read more about the process and opportunity here.

Search #WhyIQuest to read stories of others who quest.

How will you use art to transcend limit?

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