We’ve all been victim to the innocuously made comment, bland in endorsement, challenging in ambiguity.
Such as: I see you’ve gotten your hair cut.
Another example said to me years ago by a psychic: “you’re in good shape, considering what you’ve been through.”
Okay… I’m sure she meant to be encouraging but the fact that I’ve never forgotten her words kinda suggests otherwise.
These three scraps of paper, from the top down: 1) an aerial view of a lake in Colorado; 2) antique linens beautifully cared for; 3) a young impoverished girl sunk in a wading pool, somehow managing to look both defiant and defeated.
This is more of a time line than a depiction of ‘above, center and below’ as prompted by Acey* in
Reading from bottom to top — the girl represents what I was given (not literally, I grew up comfortably middle class), the linens represent the mediating power of creativity, the clouds and lake, call forth the bigger picture, the place of transformation.
With a birthday on the horizon, it’s an opportunity to think about the archetype of The Water Bearer. To me, the lake and clouds suggest Aquarius. They reference the sign’s reputation for having concerns about humanity generally (as opposed to singular people), and for taking an airy intellectual approach. Sometimes the cool mental ways associated with Aquarius strike me as ‘less than’ — no heart-centered earth mother here!
Without intending to so do, this collage reveals the strength and beauty of such an approach.
The collage below also came together this morning — similar in structure, but more grounded, specific and joyful.
The fact that the points along the linen’s edge form a row of houses is just perfect.
See also my Flickr album, SoulCollage, and the tags for SoulCollage and collage here on the blog.
And from last night, another slide show made, in part, while sleepless last night. We were away this weekend, so I hope to catch up by Wednesday.
Indigo cloth dyed by me at Rebellion Farm, SC during Donna Hardy’s weekend workshop; gateway view from a barracoon on the coast of Africa, photo probably from Smithsonian Magazine; a collage I made ages ago; the cemetery is in Charleston, SC and the magnolias too; Angel Oak from Johns Island, SC; a river scene from Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant, SC and finally, cabins at the fairly recently refurbished McLeod Plantation on James Island near Charleston, SC.