Next time I go to see Kit Watson (my show partner), I want to sketch out the memories of our childhood with her. If any of them come out satisfactory, I plan to exhibit them with this piece. For a practice I gave thoughts to what I would sketch. The first thing that came to my mind was Grandpa's back with a funny-shaped mold. As he sat cross-legged on the floor, I played with the mold. Sometimes we took a bath together, and I gave a thorough wash to that big warm back. What a wonderful memory!
Hope you get to make beautiful memories this holiday season. Merry Christmas!
I purposely made the reflective base underneath bigger for the sculpture, as I wanted to give an impression that the boat was floating alone in the vast stillness. It looks slightly too big in my opinion. I may remake the base if it continues to bother me. My dear friend Ann Stanton kindly edited the following text. Thank you Ann.
Every one of us is on a boat of life. At some point, we all have to stop rowing, letting the current take us. The uncertainty is sometimes terrifying. It is especially so for those who have been recently diagnosed with dementia.
Handwritten questions from a person with memory loss to her doctor are inscribed in her own words on this canoe. Some of them are:
· “Talk to me about how I go away? How fast”
· “Will I get dificult? I do not want to be nasty to my family.”
· “Know my family – how does that go away – do I not know them?”
· “Can I ask to be uthinized?”
The blanket behind her holds the words “family,” “ friends,” “smile,” “reaching out,” and “compassion.” They will be her warmth no matter how far she drifts.
This piece will be placed on a bronze-colored semitransparent acrylic sheet. Underneath it, I plan to paint words as if they are floating. Some have already sunk outside of her reach, and some others are still on the surface. The words represent our memory.
Photos sometimes show defects that I missed, and I had cut off her blankets a few times already. I may do that more after leaving it aside for a few days.
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