Shadow Box: Fanning Island Shell Necklace & "Are you Looking at Me?" signed photo.

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Shadow boxes are a way I can share incredible small pieces of art and jewelry, along with photos of the place of origin, to better share the incredible feeliongs of being there.   This photo was from my first visit to Fanning Island.  The little girl was checking me out as I was taking the photo.  Just who is looking at who, and who is more surprised?  The necklace, made of shells and twine, shows a little of how the people can create art from just about anything.  
Fanning Island, in The Republic of Kiribati, is one of my favorite places.  This is one of the most remote places in the world, about 1,500 miles from any other land, in the South Pacific about half way between Hawaii and French Polynesia.   Fanning Island is so remote that they ahve no system of running water or electricity.  They live beautifully from the land and sea- but sadly this is soon to end, and they are some of the lowest lying atolls in the world, and will soon be covered by the sea.  Can you imagine in a few short years, this entire nation of people living naturrally will have to enter our high tech world.   Even since my first visit there in 2010, the changes are amazing.  
 Surround yourself with art.  Artists give our sould to nurture yours.  
7 3/4" x 5 3/4" x 1"