I have wanted to make a shadowbox shrine forever. I bought this adorable unfinished wooden house on Etsy last year and it sat untouched until a couple of nights ago.
I was surprised at how each room seemed to decorate itself as I went along.
I figured my first shrine should be on a subject I know a lot about...and I know more than ANYBODY about me!
Each room represents a different personality trait or internal struggle.
It is a liberating experience to be able to put my darkest feelings into an art piece and put them "out there" for the world to see.
This is my favorite "room". It shows my struggle with agoraphobia and anxiety disorder and the medications I have to endure to cope with it (the monkey on my back). I sculpted the pills from polymer clay and painted them to look like my real meds.
This room represents my "unnatural" childless state at the age of 34, and the pressures put on a woman to reproduce. The text on the side wall reads "this may be your last chance!".
I am an Atheist, and this room shows the scorn I often receive/perceive from theists, that I am somehow immoral and shall be barred from getting a ticket to their heaven.
At the center of it all is peace and joy, and self-acceptance.
I was not able to get a good closeup of the "attic", but it shows a prisoner without walls, my procrastination and worries that I will never get around to it (round tuit!) and a couple of loose screws (lol!). This is my agoraphobia.
It is not the most complex shrine, but I enjoyed making it very much.