12/3/10

Dear Diary: My Life. This Week...


What a week. After spending Monday and Tuesday posting new "goodies in Etsy, I have turned "inward"– exploring new work involving Mom, and how her early death affected me. I'm thinking about this because I was recently asked to submit to a new publication that is "in the works". It involves answering some tough questions about my experiences as an "artist", and a request for some art that is inward-looking, personal. I have been skirting the issue for years, knowing full well that some day I would have to embrace Her, fully, in my art. I have felt her in the studio with me, as I peruse old photos of her. All I have left of her "life" are her old cookbook (her notations are in the margins, along with unknown bits of dried food), one of her art history books (complete with her handwritten lecture notes) and her photos from the 1950's, right before I was born. As I work on this particular piece, I seem to be having some heartfelt, silent conversations with her...feels good. Love you mom.

Pictured: work in progress.

3 comments:

  1. on first glance...i see....iconic madonna in a strong intimate, familial way ...the power of this piece pierces my heart. (this is all before reading your words)

    i just could not stop looking. i am so completely moved by this piece.
    there is tenderness, and a sadness hanging on the edges of dreams.

    then your words.
    no wonder i love this so immediately and intensely.
    i stand in awe.

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