October 30, 2017
Mere Objects: a strip of hand-painted silk bearing the word "courage," and a piece of a baseball. These were chosen by a woman whose youth was marked by repeated violations, many connected with sports and athletes. She writes of how her family failed to protect her, enabling and encouraging the abuse -- even to the point of planning her marriage to one attacker when she became pregnant by rape.
After many years and much grief, she discovered silk painting as a creative outlet, "a chance to wrap my weary soul in beautiful colors and be reminded that I am not defined by what has happened to me."
May courage and hope continue to rise up within you, as vibrant and irrepressible as your paintings.