Friday, February 22, 2008
I've decided to be brave and share some of my 'art' with you all. This is a collage I made last summer which you might have noticed I use as my profile picture. Its probably my favourite piece of art that I've ever made (at the moment anyway!) because it has alot of personal meaning in it.
I found the girl and deer in a magazine (Vogue I think!). I was attracted to the girl because she is pretty, feminine and wistful but slightly sad. She looks vulnerable and I wondered what her story was. She reminded me of how I felt...fragile. I had been playing around with the idea of birdcages for a while before I made this. They can be really beautiful objects, so much more beautiful than any other type of cage! Yet no matter how beautiful it looks, it is still a cage and the bird inside is trapped.
All these elements came together in my head as a way to describe how I was feeling. Some of you already know I suffer with M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and so my life has become very limited. In fact I often feel like the girl in this collage; trapped, vulnerable, fragile and unable to do anything about it. All I can do is sit there and wait. The red background speaks to me of pain. Overall the picture is sad but still beautiful, reminding me that there is always beauty in life if you look for it.
And of course that is the theme of this blog...the beautiful things in life help to make the grey days more bearable... or as Mary Poppins used to sing -"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down".