'Ascension' is a piece inspired by the loss and transformation of divorce. I began to find my way out of a two year hell through finding what in me needed healing. I came upon the concept that the human heart moves up Jacobs ladder after each catastrophe and hopefully becomes wholer as each breaking heals. At the time this piece was conceived I had surmised I had loved and lost four times yet each experience was recreating a heart in me that felt deeper, touched another quicker, cried easier and became more open instead of clogged and bitter. Each heart starting at the bottom moving up becomes progressively more perfect. The conduit on which the heart climbs is represented by a copper arrow pointing heavenward. The 'hearts' are represented by fossilized clams which if turned as they are resemble the human heart. Copper is a universal power conductor, our power to heal comes from the vertical direction our heart is aimed to. The overall appearance of this piece ( due to the arrow theme ) also reminds one of an American Indian sub-theme. This was intended to underline the 'natural' process of growth. The fifth heart at the top is our collective goal, it is whole and large. Fossils are generally considered dead so use of this material ( all found by me in Central Texas) is meant to mirror that death to a former self or state of heart leaves evidence of a casing that once was alive. We go through death to become born again, each stage of our growth represents something or someone that died, possibly the fifth heart should be painted red but that would say the heart was finished becoming... this doesn't happen till we arrive on another shore.