JoAnne Growney

This object is a carving of an elephant, brought to me by an aunt from one of her trips abroad.


The objects that matter most to me are those that have stories. Although it was a travel souvenir from an important aunt, I don’t know where the carving was made.  Its story starts with her instruction for its use: place the elephant facing the door and it will trumpet in good luck.  The carving has been with me since I was 14 or 15 years old.  Aligning it carefully, turned toward a door, has come to be a way of collecting and centering myself.  It is my arrow through chaos and my commitment to future good luck.


JoAnne Growney’s most recent project is a blog (“Intersections – Poetry with Mathematics”); she does not sit still easily and she needs to understand everything.

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