I’m calling this blue ladder and blue boat wallhanging Ascending. It’s about the passage from one place to another in personal growth and how it is both a spiritual and physical passage. The ladder and boat show the spiritual and the girls on the board the physical. Without both, the passage can’t be complete.
I do feel that it has to do with Frieda’s dying and my decision to euthanize her. Something inside of me changed when I was able to take on that responsibility. It’s one of the many gifts Frieda and I gave each other. I gave her the ability to leave this physical world and all its pain and I learned to trust myself, my instincts and intuitions,to do what I believed was best for Frieda.
The Black Sun, which I saw in a vision during energy work that I was doing, is the dark and difficult. That part of life which often is just the thing that ushers us onto a new phase of life. It’s not evil and has its own gifts.
The drawings inbetween the girls are the everyday things of life. Precious and mundane.
The girls are from four hankies that I’ve collected over the past couple of years, I knew they would find a home in my work someday. The ground for the ladder and boat is the back of an old hand stitched quilt. The texture was just perfect for this and the front of the quilt was so torn and worn, it was unusable.
So many pieces came together to for me to make this piece and it’s really one of my most simple pieces. It’s a collision of dreams and visions, hankies and someone’s handstitching, marker and thread. It reaches out and pulls in from so many different places.
Ascending is sold.