Monday, April 25, 2011

Before and After

There are moments in life when I have experienced sudden major change - markers on my timeline where I am conscious of the 'before' and the 'after' because my reality is so very different. I began this piece the day before Japan's earthquake and tsunami - and it unfolded like a dream with fabrics I'd recently dyed as part of a shibori class. I was drawn to include a piece of a Japanese napkin and to add a wave of silk gauze to complete a circle of life. Later that night as I drifted to sleep, I saw a wave of liquid advancing over cloth, dyeing it pink and the next morning when I turned on the radio, I heard the news of the natural disaster. As I went to take this photo, a wind came up and curled one corner of the cloth in an arc like a tsunami wave, flipping it right over - you can see it rising in the shadow, below. I am calling this 'Before the Wave' and it is a marker of personal 'befores and afters' I've lived through as well as of the enormity and impact of the Japanese tsunami . It is also a symbol of faith that even though many lives have changed forever, the circle of life will continue.


yvette said...

really whispers from beyond

thanks for sharing

Penny Berens said...

Intuitive stitching and reflection.

Yvonne said...

Yvette - thank you for hearing!

Penny - my native way to work!