ocean & stardust studio by kim nogueira
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The whole of western
society is approaching
a physical and mental
breaking point. The
result is a spiritual
fragmentation that
has accompanied
our ecological destruction. 

            -Linda Hogan, Dwellings

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Voices
silver, stainless steel, bronze, vitreous enamel
 

Voices; silver, bronze, stainless steel, vitreous enamel; 2015

For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.
— Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928
 

The above quote is still very relevant today, almost 100 years later. Beston's book was a major influence for the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

 

Voices; silver, bronze, stainless steel, vitreous enamel; 2015

While it is true that our culture seems to have institutionalized a separation from nature with the end result being that natural resources are exploited for the monetary gain of a few, I know that there are people out there who do actually hear and live by Beston's "voices". I have made this pelican automaton pendant for them. When you turn the small crank, a fish is revealed in the seabird's mouth.

On the back of the pendant is this iconic quote:

 

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams"  --Arthur O'Shaughnessy

 

Voices (reverse); silver, bronze, stainless steel, vitreous enamel; 2015

 Our music is a beautiful way to share emotion and self-expression, and it is the music of the natural world that makes this possible--buzzing, growls, chirps, rustling, howling and peeps--this wondrous symphony envelopes us with life. This mechanical talisman pendant encourages us to envision a paradigm that celebrates, respects and protects our biodiverse planet.