16. Clare Rojas
Celebrated artist Clare Rojas works in a variety of mediums, and her styles range from narrative to abstract. This painting is the one of the first in a developing narrative and body of work featuring smooth rocks with holes in them, often found along Bolinas shores. The hag stone is considered by some to be sacred, powerful and magical, especially if personally acquired. They have been called many names over the centuries; witch stones, Adder stones, snake eyes, hex stones, fairy stones, and eye stones. In folk magic, these stones are often used as windows or doorways to see other realms or invisible creatures. They are also believed to ward off the evil eye. The hole is made from the force of moving water, and it is believed that the stone retains the water’s power, making it a perfect protection amulet, as magic cannot work on moving water.
Rojas has exhibited around the world and her work may be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Berkeley Art Museum, among many others.