Saturday, December 3, 2011

on being a woman

mary jane dodd


i came into this world a female... 


for one reason or another, have you ever repressed something so deeply that it was almost forgotten?  i recently realized that identified with myself as a human... but not a woman... 


this integral part of me has been rising in my work... the balance that is all of us... it had been rising before i was conscious of it... and waited for a time when i was safer to explore it... 


complex and simple, strong and fragile, soft and tough, silly and witty, practical and imaginative, centered and kinetic, firm and yielding, always loving, on and on... 


i had made a simpler 'urban posey' before... but here i wanted to layer the petals, to use different papers and wire... to etch the metal... use softly colored silk... and have it move... 



resin paper has allowed me to speak softly, silk fiber to create a balance to metal... to demonstrate fragile strength... materials reflect intention... and allow you to wear your heart on your finger... 

what materials speak for you?




4 comments:

Carol said...

It doesn't surprise me that you are exploring your depth now. You have to be free of drama do to it..I am just now realizing that myself.

Artisan Beads Plus said...

I think the materials that I identify with the most are copper and clay. I love the I can manipulate both into whatever I want based on where I am psychologically at the moment. I actually made some angry beads earlier in the year and it felt good...... great post, Maire... As always, it gives us all something to think about :o)
MaryAnn

stacilouise said...

I just love your work. It always speaks to me!

For me, I am drawn to juxtaposing materials that may not normally go together- to create balance, harmony and beauty where they wasn't before. So ALL materials speak something to me! Gemstones, sea glass, pearls, metals, metal clays, I love them all.

Barbara said...

So amazing to take the time to explore the different layers of who we are. Sometimes we go with what is most familiar and it is exciting to explore areas that sometimes we forget that we are.

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