|Immersed in Her Own World|
For example, with "Immersed in Her Own World" I started out thinking about creating a toy landscape for a class I was sitting in on. The teacher wanted us to use toys to create somewhat disturbing images, but I had a general idea of creating a softer, gentler image. So, I visited with friends and got some wonderful pictures of their baby girl's favorite toys. But, I couldn't resist also snapping a number of images of the toy's adorable owner. Then, when I went to compose my landscape, her image wouldn't let me go, so the landscape evolved to include her. . . and then grew into a series exploring how children's experience of their toys differ from what grown-ups might expect.
Here's a poem I wrote while painting that captures why I chose image as part of my series:
Beloved child, fruit of my loins.
I awaited your arrival with such anticipation.
I envisioned sharing with you the things that brought me joy . . .
in my childhood, and during my child-like moments.
I so looked forward to experiencing anew the pleasure of those simple things
as I saw them through your eyes.
In our excitement, we who loved you, surrounded your little body with whirl of soft textures,
and pastel and jewel-toned offerings to show you, “you are loved.”
I never wondered if their number was more of a burden to you than a joy,
but then I saw you with your sweet little train,
so totally focused on that one bright thing,
and I doubted.
But moments later, my heart was calmed when you focused
your laser attention and love on another thing.
That became your world for a moment, and then another thing did,
and then me.