Early Work: Mixed Media (To see recent work go to www.paulroorda.com) 

2003 - An ongoing area of exploration for me is ritual. I am interested in how pervasive ritual is in cultures throughout the world and in the way rituals become an essential part of life for people even when they may be at a loss to describe in words the full meaning those rituals hold. My work also addresses the rejection of traditional religion, Christianity in particular, and questions how people deal with this loss. Do traditional rituals need to be replaced? If they do, what new rituals are being observed? In my mixed media work the materials are chosen to reflect the types of symbolic materials rituals are made of: Wine, tea, soot, beeswax, handmade paper, flowers, soil, stones, string, wheat, etc. Processes are chosen in a similar way, often involving repetitive actions such as folding paper into packages, holding objects over fire, immersing objects in water or wax, tying string, or saving materials in small bottles. The resulting objects or artifacts, allude to both contemporary and ancient traditions, but are something new. They reflect our ties to nature, religion and history and question our separation from them.

Lazarus (Self-portrait levitating)
Germinated wheat, earth, paper, thread, beeswax.
80 x 34 inches
Lazarus (Self-portrait levitating)
Germinated wheat, earth, paper, thread, beeswax.
80 x 34 inches

Isaac
Stones, charcoal, gold leaf, paper, thread, beeswax.
48 x 60 inches
Isaac
Stones, charcoal, gold leaf, paper, thread, beeswax.
48 x 60 inches

Self-portrait
Earth, paper, thread, beeswax.
23 x 32 inches
Self-portrait
Earth, paper, thread, beeswax.
23 x 32 inches

Jairus' Daughter
Poppy seeds, paper, thread, beeswax.
97 x 165 cm
Jairus' Daughter
Poppy seeds, paper, thread, beeswax.
97 x 165 cm

Jairus' Daughter (detail)
Poppy seeds, paper, thread, beeswax.
Jairus' Daughter (detail)
Poppy seeds, paper, thread, beeswax.

The Serpent 
Snake skin, black walnut dye, paper, thread, beeswax.
96 x 165 cm
The Serpent
Snake skin, black walnut dye, paper, thread, beeswax.
96 x 165 cm

The Serpent (detail)
Snake skin, black walnut dye, paper, thread, beewax.
The Serpent (detail)
Snake skin, black walnut dye, paper, thread, beewax.

Word Game
Dictionary pages, paper, egg shells, thread, beeswax.
61 x 76 cm
Word Game
Dictionary pages, paper, egg shells, thread, beeswax.
61 x 76 cm

Offering
Charred wood, paper, thread, gold leaf, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches
Offering
Charred wood, paper, thread, gold leaf, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches

Fire and Stone
Stone, smoke, gold leaf, paper, thread, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches
Fire and Stone
Stone, smoke, gold leaf, paper, thread, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches

Parable (Mustard Seeds)
Mustard seeds, paper, thread, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches
Parable (Mustard Seeds)
Mustard seeds, paper, thread, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches

Job
Bible pages, paper, thread, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches
Job
Bible pages, paper, thread, beeswax.
24 x 24 inches

She loves me she loves me not
Daisy petals, charcoal, paper, thread, beeswax.
10 x 10 inches
She loves me she loves me not
Daisy petals, charcoal, paper, thread, beeswax.
10 x 10 inches

Wheat and Wine
Germinated wheat, wine, paper, thread, beeswax.
47 x 47 inches
Wheat and Wine
Germinated wheat, wine, paper, thread, beeswax.
47 x 47 inches

Seven Stones
Oil on board, stones.
61 x 91 x 4 cm
Seven Stones
Oil on board, stones.
61 x 91 x 4 cm

Three bottles
Oil on board, bottles, charred wood, rotted wood.
61 x 91 x 4 cm
Three bottles
Oil on board, bottles, charred wood, rotted wood.
61 x 91 x 4 cm

Clock II
Pencil, crushed stone, wheat, rotted wood, tea, beeswax, on plaster.
Clock II
Pencil, crushed stone, wheat, rotted wood, tea, beeswax, on plaster.

Clock III
Tea, beeswax, paper, brass rubbing wax, 
string, stones, on plaster. 
66 x 51 cm
Clock III
Tea, beeswax, paper, brass rubbing wax,
string, stones, on plaster.
66 x 51 cm

Clock IV
Tea, beeswax, tracing paper, brass rubbing wax, wheat, stones, on plaster. 
66 x 51 cm
Clock IV
Tea, beeswax, tracing paper, brass rubbing wax, wheat, stones, on plaster.
66 x 51 cm

Clock V
Tea, beeswax, tracing paper, brass rubbing wax, wheat, 
string, stones, on plaster 
66 x 51 cm
Clock V
Tea, beeswax, tracing paper, brass rubbing wax, wheat,
string, stones, on plaster
66 x 51 cm

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