Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each Willow Tree® figure from her art studio in Kansas City, Missouri.This piece is cast from Susan's original carving, and then painted by hand. Expression is revealed through gestures only … a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and the absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. It is Susan's hope that these pieces be meaningful to both the giver and receiver.
"Starry Night Nativity challenged me to tell a story and engage the viewer in a small space. All the figures fit into an 8-inch box that opens up as a triptych and reveals a starry night encircling an intimate scene. My use of deep gradated blues and sparkly gold is a jewel-like reference to historical objects of art. I embellished the surfaces with gold dots, symbolizing light, or energy, hope inner strength. Gold connotes preciousness and enduring value, and I wanted this to be a special piece, that would be kept for a long time, or possibly handed down within families.
"I designed this piece to be versatile enough to display year-round, on a table or a wall, open or closed. The outside doors reflect nature and the cycles of life—regeneration, renewal, rebirth. These themes influence everything I make." –Susan Lordi
This nativity measures 8 inches wide x 2 inches deep x 8 1/2 inches tall when closed. Piece measures 16 inches wide when open. Set on a table or hang from the keyhole hanger on the back.
- And heaven and nature sing
- Heirloom quality
- Resin and brass
- Highly collectable
- 8 x 8 1/2 x 2 inches closed