Thursday, January 5, 2012
Being Held Upside Down 2009
When I was putting this piece together, I was not sure if I could keep it the way it was. It scared me a little. Both figures use my head, and the hanging figure has my hands, so, a self portrait of sorts. Before I glue everything down, I can put in different elements to see how they look, so I took the big head out and tried lots of variations. However, I kept coming back to my head being the "right" one. When I had adhered everything, and it was finished, I asked my youngest daughter, Teal, what she thought, or more specifically, if she thought it was too much. Her answer was immediate, and perfect. She said she thought the image was about what we do to ourselves, about a bigger part of us that always wants to find something wrong, turning ourselves upside down. I realized she was exactly right. I felt good about having made the decision to leave it the way it needed to be, disturbing or not.