Artist’s Statement: March in to heaven with the confidence and innocence of a child. We know in our hour of need, God will remember and not forsake us.
During my recent health scare, I longed to spend time with my ephemera to make a “final” art piece, just in case things didn’t turn out as hoped. I worked diligently on the piece and felt great relief when it was complete. Fortunately, it’s not my “final” art piece and my health scare is resolved.
An old bobbin: I picked it up in a factory in Mexico. It mimics the baton the little girl is holding. The thread is a recurring theme in my art pieces. It represents our time on earth.
Old photo: Picked up in an antique store. I love the little girl’s body language.
Morning glory leaves: The morning glory vine from my yard has a tendency to take over much as the tall grass in the black and white photo. The leaves look like hearts – symbolizing the family is surrounded by love.
De Profundis / Psalm 130: The words are written on the canvas but then I realized no one wants to be saddened by the prayer and it contrasted too much with the happiness in the photo. I covered up the prayer with crackle. (It’s in the bottom right corner, near “Remember Me”.)
If you’re unfamiliar with the Psalm, here’s a version of it: “Out of the depths I cry unto you o Lord. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading. If you, o Lord should mark our guilt, Lord who would survive? But with you there is mercy and forgiveness…”
“Remember Me”: I used the embroidery machine to stitch my handwriting on to a paper bag. The words are a message not made to people— but to God: “Remember me at the hour of my death.”
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