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Keoni's Twilight Vessel - sugar maple, india inks/organic dyes, metallic cream inks - - is inspired by Creation Stories of historic Middleastern tribal clans. Lathed-turned then hand-carved with over 15,000 individual cuts and hand colored. Glistening blues and blacks, flecked with metallic color, reach skyward in celebration of life and after-life. 17"h, 10"d
A self-taught, second-generation wood artisan, Keoni's work explores shape, texture, color, and complex patterns. His work reimagines wood as woven and beaded basketry inspired by Native American storytelling, legend, and mythology. Keoni takes simple, functional shapes and transforms them into touchable illusions that blur the craft/fine art distinction. Keoni uses fire, ink, and sharpened steel to create his pieces.