Thursday, July 16, 2009

Buried Treasure

Seth at the altered page has put forth a pretty cool challenge. To dig through your blog and pull out one (or more) "treasured posts."

I re-took photographs of this piece. In the original post it was just much too small. I also didn't really go into much explanation about it - other than the materials used and the process.

This particular piece is called "Solace." The text at the top is Norwegian: "Hvor skal jeg trosten fange?" I chose the text after the assemblage was done and I chose it randomly - but upon translation it was really profound (to my thinking).

it is translated: "Where shall I find solace?"


The photograph is a cabinet card of my husband's ancestors in Denmark.
I have altered it to show both the comfort and the loneliness of marriage.

The lace, the velvet ribbon, the beeswax coating, the lavender, the buttons on the suit, the hinge .... they all symbolize things in marriage I can't quite put my finger on to be able to explain it better .... but the words "Where shall I find solace?" combined with the aged faces speak volumes to me and give me hope and trust and joy for today and for tomorrow.


24 comments:

Lumilyon said...

Kimmie, this is a very touching and heartfelt piece. what I love most about it is that you have made it possible for them to once more reach out and touch each other, rather than be separate forever. That is very, very special x

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Fabulous post Kimmie, absolutely nothing random about any of it I'd say :)

Kimmie said...

I hadn't seen that, Lumi. I guess the articulated arms would make it possible to grab hold of each other :) That's sweet.

Christina said...

How beautiful! Yes, hope and trust...
I feel your words.

And thank you for the lovely act card. You are truly talented, my friend.
xo

Elizabeth said...

I love how their elbows aren't touching -- and your commentary about marriage is brilliant.

Catharina Maria said...

This is great art !
Hope and trust are good words .
xox Rini

jgy said...

Wonderful how you put so much in this piece. Truly a treasure.

John said...

quite precious - like your summer blog rules too

Terri Kahrs said...

Kimmie, you've captured the theme of marriage perfectly. Sometimes you stand together, yet apart. Yet, you depend on each other - each life hinges on the other. Brilliant and insightful piece. Kudos! I'm SO happy that you reposted this piece! Hugs, Terri xoxo

elk said...

the details on this piece are exquisite!

Kelly said...

Such a lovely piece. Thanks for reposting it.

laurel said...

Wonderful piece! Love all the thought and meaning you put into it and it makes for wonderful textures and elements.

Gaby Bee said...

This piece is absolutely amazing. Love all the little details. Thanks for reposting it!

Rosie said...

I love this piece Kimmie - not just because it's beautiful to look at, but because of the meaning you've given it. As somebody lucky enough to be in a long marriage with the love of my life, I understand it.

AND I wish I could take a leaf out of your blog rules and not get so wound up about HAVING to put something on mine ....
Love
Rosie XX

Mar said...

interesting and cleverly introspective piece..has me wanting to see more of this blog
thanks to seth...i now have another creative soul to keep track of!
nice to meet you

Linda said...

What a precious piece of artwork; so much thought has gone into it. (Love your new photo as well!)
Linda xo

Ginny Gaskill said...

First time visiting. I enjoyed your blog. Just got a box of oversized puzzle pieces. I am inspired.

Seth said...

So glad you particpated because it means I got to see this piece. It is really wonderful. Love the layered surface, the message, and the images you chose.

Gini said...

Beautiful words to go with a beautiful piece Kimmie! I'm (almost) speechless with the loveliness of your art and post this time!
Isn't it strange at how many unconscious touches/symbolism can go into a piece and it's only later when you look at that you notice these things?
Thank you for mentioning the altered page post, it's a fabulous treasure trove of crafting delights especially for me being so new at all this!
I'm so glad I found you in blogland Kimmie
Gini xx

deb said...

that's twice today art has made my hair stand on end, this is absolutely amazing work

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

Art becomes so personal yet so universal. A love re post, thanks for sharing.

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

Art becomes so personal yet so universal. A love re post, thanks for sharing.

Hanne said...

That is a really beautiful piece of art! Love it! Like the words also:)

Hanne

3rdEyeMuse said...

this really is a gem of a treasure - thank you for digging it up for us to enjoy. :)