I finally finished the piece which has taken me a record 3 months to design. It is done but I still am not feeling the love! It certainly is a visual metaphor for my life these past months. I am awash with raw emotion as I process the summer passing of my elderly father and look to the long road ahead of a spouse with chronic illness.
This piece was created for an exhibit so I can only share the detail now. I titled it appropriately enough Entanglement as my inspiration seemingly changed throughout the process. In the end it became a piece about the intersection of joy and sorrow.
The muse is semi active and while I have two projects with deadlines later this year I may just take a break and do other ‘creative’ things! I’ve had the urge to purge all month so this might be a good time to sort through boxes and drawers and albums of photos and all those seemingly important wedding & birth announcements to digitize. It is odd really the stuff we keep but then never look at again; and yet can I throw it out? No, I have to digitize!
Meanwhile hubby is cleaning out the basement and last week took 10 pieces of luggage to the Goodwill. The intake person was thrilled with the ‘vintage’ American Tourister luggage which took me to college and back many times over, many years ago. The outside was travel weary and the inside brocade still pristine. Who knew this would be considered a treasure?!
I also have my eye on my wedding dress in a trunk in the attic. I envision dyeing, painting and designing new work with it. Shockingly it has been in storage for nearly 42 years…along with the announcements!
Years ago a hospice nurse told me that grieving is highly creative. I certainly have to believe it now. Where I go with all of this remains a work in progress.
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