Saturday, May 31, 2014
yesterday i visited the cloutie tree for the first time since last december. it's in a very exposed area,open to the strong winds coming over the mountains or off the ocean. but i was still amazed at how much "fraying" had taken place. most of the chiffon strips were reduced to the tiny knots where i had tied them to the tree. the words had floated away. only 4 words were left: heart, joy, laughter and complete. the tree is leaving me a strong message...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
the older i get (and yes, another birthday is coming up this week), the more i think about my ancestors. particularly the women. what do we share? what strengths and weaknesses? and what am i passing on? this piece is about two of my ancestors in particular. emma louisa (my great great grandmother on my father's side,) was a young aristocratic protestant british girl who fell in love with with a catholic irish soldier and immigrated to the wilds of northern ontario. what we do for love... and agnes, my great grandmother on my mother's side (in the photo) from edinburgh, scotland, widowed at a young age with three children and started up a shop on high street. agnes also died young and my grandmother took over the shop and the care of her two young brothers when she was only 16. this piece is about these women.their strength and fragility. the women who made me.