October 5, 2017
Mere Objects: pieces of a drawing & quotation, as well as ashes from the same drawing. These were chosen by a woman and author whose life from age 4 - 21 was marked by ongoing physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her father, a teenage boy, and a music teacher.
She created an elaborate dot-to-dot drawing of butterflies and flowers, representing the circuitous journey of healing through an art form she enjoyed as a child. The quotation from Maya Angelou (who also experienced childhood sexual abuse) reads, "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
She requested that I burn a portion of the drawing and include the ashes along with some undamaged pieces of the drawing to represent her rising from the destruction.
May you rise, transformed, as light and free as a butterfly, shedding the weight of these memories like ash falling from your brilliant wings.