Starry Night Nativity

…and heaven and nature sing
“Starry Night Nativity challenged me to tell a story and engage the viewer in a small space. All the figures are carved in bas relief within an 8″ 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. The outside doors reflect nature and the cycles of life—regeneration, renewal, rebirth. These themes influence everything I make.” –Susan Lordi
Starry Night Nativity can be displayed year round, with as much visual interest when doors are closed as when opened. The piece can be hung on a wall, or sit on a mantel or table. Hinged doors open flat or at an angle.
  • 8.5”h x 8”w x 2”d resin box triptych with hinged 1/4”d doors that open to 16”w. Applied gold leaf. 5.5 lbs. Can be hung on wall with two keyhole hangers or free standing
  • Heavy cream box with hinged doors, decorated with gold carvings and blue etchings. Inside, bas-relief carving of scenes from the Nativity, decorated with blue ombré and gold-leaf dots; shepherd playing instrument carved on inside left door; offering of Magi represented with gold icons on inside right door

About Willow Tree®
Willow Tree® is an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and individually 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 absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. It is Susan’s hope that these pieces be meaningful to both giver and receiver.