Rusty Cantor

My work is about hope. It’s about praying in a spiritual but secular way.
bringing a balance of male/female energy and intelligence back into the world. We need this kind of balanced power in order to save the planet and ourselves.

At present I’m working on a series called Invocations ‘98. These pieces are a cosmological fantasy. I also continue to add pieces to three other series which are called Goddess Redux, Death & Regeneration and Woman Warrior.

The Woman Warrior is a symbol for all women. She is not a warrior who goes to battle in the usual sense, but rather, she fights against poverty, prejudice, abuse, sexism, racism, agism, etc. with integrity, courage and spirit to overcome her problems, protect her loved ones and make the world a better place for all.

The Goddess Redux series is a prayer to the Goddess (the feminine in the universe) to bring peace, abundance and healing to our planet. It is also a plea to my fellow humans to consider the survival and fulfillment of the generations to come.

The Death & Regeneration series is about conscious living/ conscious dying, reincarnation, metamorphosis, and whatever the viewer brings to it.

Much of my work of the past 17 years is based on the findings of Marija Gimbutas the archeologist  and linguist who taught at UCLA and Harvard.

In most of my work I use my vocabulary of symbols in the hope of touching emotions beyond the reach of words.

The symbols in my work come from all over the world. Many of them have decorated artifacts for tens of thousands of years. They denote fertilitiy, water-the source of all life, creativity and death & regeneration. They show how long we have been able to imagine symbols for concepts. I believe, along with Gimbutas, that they were in part the very beginnings of language as we know it. I believe that the message of these ancient symbols is that there is only one race on our planet, the human race, and that we all share the same spiritual yearnings.

I  love making art. I have produced art in various media; paint, glass, bronze, marble, found objects and other materials and processes. I enjoy every part of it. It’s exciting when a new idea presents itself. It’s wonderful to play with it; to invent new ways to work with it; choose the colors, materials, sizes and whatever else goes into it. Making art is intuitive, intellectual, physical and emotional. I use all my talents and abilities in the process and that makes it a very satisfying experience.

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