I’m intrigued by unusual doorways and windows, and like to explore them in my work. Sometimes I’m inspired by doorways I’ve seen; sometimes they evolve out of my imagination.

This particular piece, “Threshold”, was inspired by a passage I read in “Traveling with Pomegranates”, a book written by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. Sue spoke of their journey to Gavrinis, a tiny island in France, to see an ancient burial chamber known as the “tumulus”. She described the carvings on the stones; in particular, a series of concentric arches representing the birth canal. The connection between death and birth was so beautifully articulated that I had to look for pictures of the tumulus online. The images far exceeded what I had envisioned in my mind’s eye, and became my jumping off point for the piece.

The shadow box itself is only a few inches deep, but I wanted to give the feeling of walking into a deep passage. I used a jigsaw to cut three arches from hardboard (Masonite that’s smooth on both sides), making each opening a bit smaller than the one in front of it. This gave me some of the depth I wanted, but not enough to satisfy me. Remembering a photo I’d taken inside a corridor in a mud mosque in Tombouctou, Mali, I placed the image behind the arches; the result is just what I was hoping for! Once I had the layers figured out, I went back and created collages to cover each of the arched doorways.

About Beth Marcil

Beth Marcil is a well-recognized Maui artist who also leads SoulCollage® workshops and Visual Journaling as well as private coaching sessions. She blends her many years of art training with her love of healing and the creative process.


  1. Chris Martell says:

    Spoken like a true curious cosmic explorer. Threshold makes for an intense desk top ‘Wall Paper.’

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