Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
  • Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
  • Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
  • Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
  • Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
  • Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
  • Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest
  • Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest

Driskill, Vivian Title:Vision Quest

$495.00

Driskill, Vivian

Title:Vision Quest

Sculpture

6x2x16

$495

So it starts with the main framework.  It's an antique case that stored optometrist lens; the lens each had a number on them that corresponded to a slot with the same number.  With that in mind I started thinking about vision and what would a meaningful subject be for the piece.  Vision Quest came to mind so I started researching it.  Many Native American cultures defined it as a rite of passage usually only undertaken by young males entering adulthood.  I remembered that I had a vintage postcard featuring a photo of a young Native American female.  I thought that young women should have had the same opportunity so I ran with it.  But after awhile, I wondered if I should take the idea so literally but every time I strayed from it, something pulled me back to the young woman's photo. 

I could imagine her being guided to a sacred site in the surrounding forest where she would fast for 4 days and nights in solitude seeking her vision.  She would meditate and pray for an answer as to what the meaning and purpose of her life would be.  She hopes to have a power animal revealed to her that would act as her spiritual mentor to teach her, guide her and protect her through the all stages of her life.  At the end of her time, her people would come and take her to the Shaman who would discuss the meaning and significance of all that was revealed to her during the Vision Quest.  {As the story goes, the symbols revealed to her were then transferred to a sacred Medicine Shield which is represented in the middle "lens".  The bottom "lens" represents the woman she was revealed to become.  The wire randomly woven back and forth represents the visual path she took during her quest and her life's path to come.  The bark and moss on the sides and top represent the forest.}

The number 4 is sacred in her community.  The 4 directions are represented by:   North, South, East, West; Earth, Air, Fire, Water; Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer; Infant, Child, Adult, Old Age. {You will see the #4 represented in a few places on the sculpture}.  The round shape also plays an important role in her surroundings; the campfires, her home, the sun, the moon.  The universe and all the natural objects within have souls and spirits: the blackbird is her spiritual guide.

*No person begins to be until he/she has seen his vision.  It takes a lot of effort and deep thought to get a clear vision of ones particular purpose in life*

While researching this subject, I found that there are individuals and organizations around the world that facilitate rite-of-passage programs such as the Vision Quest!  I wasn't surprised though as it seems like it would be deeply cathartic!  Actually, I think all males and females should be required to go on a vision quest before they enter middle school!

I leave you with this quote:  "The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you.  Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.  So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can".  --Neil Gaiman