There is something very special about the Maine woods. An ancient edge of nature still lingers everywhere.
In Bowdoin, Maine, Susan Mills gathers elements from the natural world to create art objects that hint at a deep connection, a kind of archaeology of the soul.
Working with mixed-media, Susan creates art that evokes a half remembered time and place where inspiration runs through every part, restoring wholeness and bringing myth to life.
Central to this theme are Susan’s Elementals, exquisite felted beings that embody symbols for healing, transformation and growth. Susan uses wool from sheep, camel and her own llamas to create each special being. She allows each to inform her as to their individual characteristics, so every Elemental becomes a unique individual. Sticks, stones, glass, metal, feathers, bones and other materials can be added to adorn and complete them.
In the end, each seems destined to belong to someone. Many people relate that they feel a calling to select their own, as if each Elemental had a particular affinity for their specific human ally. Perhaps an Elemental waits for you.
The pieces featured in this gallery may already belong to someone and not available for purchase. Please contact me through the contact page for more information on an item.
Of course, you can always commission something just for you. Though each item is a unique creation if a certain style inspires you please mention it in your email.
Allies we meet along the way. They are found in each of the various realms, and kindly help us as we travel on our journey.