In everyday life, in the seemingly mundane experiences we all have, there
are passageways to revelation, gateways into a new way of seeing the
world. These imperceptible doors may be thrown open by a wave of tears,
or by something as simple and profound as the passage of time or the
touch of anothers hand on yours.
Hillary Riggs has been exploring many of the ways we
experience subtle or dramatic shifts in perception as we move through
life. Portals is a series of low relief wall sculptures incorporating
exquisite natural woods, finely carved and painted images, and mixed
media. Each Portal is a meditation, a reminder of the power of common
events to shift our view of reality. In a manner similar to the function
of retablos or other religious icons, these pieces provide a potent
physical presence that can act as a stimulus for reflection,
imagination, and the unfolding of deeper levels of understanding.