Description The fully decorated pages in the old Celtic illuminated manuscripts are called 'carpet pages', because their complexity of color and design is reminiscent of the ornate persian carpets. This design, of a spiral double wheel situated on a cross shape, is a new design in the spirit of the old manuscript carpet pages. I wanted the dominant design style to be spirals in this piece, to really give the feel of a turning wheel, so you'll notice that the central spiral rundle turns on a triple spiral hub, branching out into the 6 other spirals. Each spiral is interconnected... turning one spiral turns the spirals it's connected to because nothing stands in isolation, and so the whole wheel turns. I use the cruciform shape behind the wheel to symbolize life, as the cross shape is one of the major ancient symbols, used to represent many tetrads such as the 4 winds, the 4 directions, 4 elements, 4 essences of the body, etc. So my main wheel sits within life (the cross). Nested around the cross are more spirals, which makes a second type of wheel shape around the main wheel... free, and not always connected, the wheel still turns even if we can't see how it connects with the visible part of our lives. Lastly I added some peacocks in the 4 corners, I like the mythology that birds lift the soul to heaven. And my tiny dogs within the wheel... for me they represent loyalty and steadfastness, kind of my anchor within the wheel which is a little 'in the head', or cerebral... the pups ground me.
Cari Buziak, Calgary Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement Cari Buziak currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, with one cat, one dog, and one beehive. She enjoys crafting and creating costumes and doing all sorts of creative things like knitting and quilting. In a mix of old techniques (hand made gesso, egg tempera, gold leaf) and new (several Mac computers) she recreates ancient manuscripts in painted and digital form for a wide variety of merchandising and fine art needs.
Idolized artists include Jon Muth, Charles Vess, Brian Froud, Maxfield Parish, and Archibald Knox. Cari had the honor of being invited to Ireland for the summer of 2000, to work as the artist for an archaeology dig. The Ballykilcline Project, centered in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, gave her the opportunity to reconstruct artifacts by sketching, create promotional paintings of the dig site, and also to further her own research into Celtic art and mythology.
Current and past published works include book illustrations for Interweave Press, Penguin/Pearson Books, Llewellyn Publications, Chronicle Books), designing for Irish Dance dresses, jewelry designs and other commissioned works. Her work has been featured in design magazines and she has had gallery exhibitions in Calgary, Toronto, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, Japan, London, and New York. Cari has sold worldwide, and her artwork appears in private collections in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States.