The first corner: The pieces seen as you come upon them.
Healing What Was Done to Us
2014. 8' x 46".
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Earth Mother Standing in the Field, 1993. 42" x 30". Pastel. The first of the Earth Mothers series.
I remember creating my first drawing since my baby boy was born a year and a few months before. We had a friend over for dinner, and I listened and occasionally joined in with the conversation through the open doorway to the few feet of wall space I now claimed as my studio. As I took pastel to paper, I tried to remember the feeling of standing tall and strong, my feet on the ground, my arms upraised to the sky, feeling my power.
Color and Stone, 2016. c. 86” x 42”.
by invitation, for the show “Flight,” about the refugee crisis
This piece is for all the girls and women in refugee camps who have no voice.
It is about the rampant domestic violence in camps.
They say it is the conditions — close quarters, loss of hope. They say it is the culture, the religion. But what is done is not right. Rape. Beat. Violate. These do not fall within the realm of human dignity.
The average stay in a camp is between 17 and 25 years. A girl born here can grow to be a woman, even have children. She has never known another life, has never known what it is to not live under the threat of violation by a man.
When I make or write a piece, it has to have within it some vestige of hope or healing. Two things play that part in this one. The colors of the chakras — used for the colors of the skin — and a rock I have placed in the suitcase. (To see the entire piece with suitcase, please click here.)
The colors of the chakras signify here that you can survive because there is more than just your earthly body.
The rock — a fragment of the earth itself — is something to hold onto that is your own, so you can reach for the energy of the Earth Mother and Spirit, know that they are watching over you, guiding you, and giving you strength, no matter what happens or where you go.
Earth Mother Lying Down, 1994.
12" x 13'5" x 11'6". Earth — dirt.
Earth Mother Lying Down lies stretched out on the earth, soaking up strength from deep within the earth’s core and from the healing warmth of the sun. She is resting, renewing, just as the earth does each fall and over the long winter in preparation for spring. Just as I was doing in those years in preparing my body and hoping for another child. When I went to visit her in the middle of the winter, I found animal tracks coming from all directions, criss-crossing all over and around her, surrounding and covering her. Somehow the animals had found her, and it felt as if they were giving her and me their blessing.
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