CONCORD (12″ x 12″ hand-cut collage) – Life has a way of grinding some people down, whereby their emotional being becomes like granite. This eventually shows in their face, which people can mistake for hardness or distain; it is not, it is sorrow. Only those that really know and love such people, know the goodness that lies within – goodness made even sweeter by its obscuration. This idea is represented by the dog. Dogs do not judge their carers by the way they look of the life they’ve led; rather, they love them unconditionally and exist in concord with them.
GRIEF (12″x12″ hand-cut collage) – With grief, everyday activities become painful – shown here by fire coming out of the shower, instead of water. Such agony is compounded by the fact that life around you carries on – as represented by the fish. However, the movement of the fish also represent that fact that the extreme nature of new grief is a temporary state. Even if the pain of the loss never subsides, normalcy loses its sting and the lives of those around you can, once again, become a source of joy.
MEMORY OF YOU (12″ x12″ hand-cut collage) – Memory is an amazing gift; it allows you to recall, often in great detail, people and events from the past – essentially bringing them to life again. However, it is often difficult to recall, with distinction, a person’s face – which can be upsetting when you have lost a loved one. Nonetheless, other things about them can remain vivid – like their presence or how they made you feel.