Rise to Heaven (2021)
Mixed media relief carving
53 x 28.5 in
Harmony and contentment are evoked in this important and beautiful carving. The ancient Hawaiian concept of interconnectedness between sea and sky, humankind and nature, is expressed here. The sun's rays illuminate and permeate the godess' hair, which flows into and becomes part of the ocean below. A bird's feathers morph into fish scales and merge with plant life. Life is seen as a whole, not merely the sum of parts.
"Mysterious Goddess appearances are happening in Ruben's carvings with those magical hands... whether in ocean, forest or space. Ruben has been depicting many images of contentment, peace, and mystery featuring beautiful feminine figures."
- Sonya Serene