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.
12/19/2021 06:04:34 pm
I am not sure you need the words on the blanket. The cloaking blanket brings all you suggest and more. Sometimes more open and allusive work says everything you imagine and allows others to experience a work in their own way.
12/19/2021 09:47:02 pm
I'm in tears, Mark. You treated me like I were a fellow professional. Your kind comment is a gift to my heart. Thank you very much. Regarding the reflective surface, I initially imagined it without a frame as well, but my carpentry skills were limited. I don't like how it looks. I'll give thoughts to how to improve it.
12/19/2021 09:55:32 pm
I think this piece works as is - sometimes it's the next, or the next piece that benefits from what we learn along the way. I continue to be impressed on every level, Yoko.
12/20/2021 12:57:19 am
I do want to modify the reflective base, though. It's bothering me. Thanks Mark.
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