Sunday, February 10, 2013

Woman with Child and Water 1996

“Only later did I come to understand that to be a mother is to be an illusion. No matter how vigilant, in the end a mother can't protect her child - not from pain, or horror, or the nightmare of violence, from sealed trains moving rapidly in the wrong direction, the depravity of strangers, trapdoors, abysses, fires, cars in the rain, from chance.” 
 Nicole Krauss, Great House

“- A mother, a real mother with a little child, thinks day and night about the welfare of the little one in her arms. A mother knows what dangers the child will have to encounter as he grows up. She does not let the father reassure her when he makes light of things and says that the children have to find their own way.
A mother worries, for she carries the burden, and she often sees much deeper than the father just where the child is in danger.”
― Johann Christoph Blumhardt

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did - that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that - a parent's heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” 
 Debra Ginsberg

This painting is about the terrible fear one has as a parent, knowing that something bad might happen--probably will happen--and that you are powerless to do anything about it: your child is born with a hole in his heart which can't sustain him, your son carelessly turns left in front of on going traffic with his brother seated beside him,  your daughter begins to cover her wrists with bracelets to hide the scars of her cutting.  

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