Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I have attached a snippet of an old school paper hand-written by my aunt, where she wrote of slowing down and enjoying life, being mindful of everyday little things that we sometimes overlook. I love how she references riding “that old forgotten bicycle, singing at the world all around you” in her paper. I spent days in my own childhood that way, stopping to pick wildflowers growing along the road. We come from a musical family and in my mind, there is constantly music playing. Everything reminds me of a song, including the theme of this contest “On the Street Where You Live”, which shares the same title as a song in my all-time favorite musical “My Fair Lady”, starring my all-time favorite actress Audrey Hepburn.
I painted the nest and eggs to represent a sheltering and nurturing home, a place of security and new beginnings. The nest is made of shredded newspaper, in loving respect to all my grandparents who reused and recycled, way before it was the trendy thing to do. The old metal buckle was once worn by one of my ancestors, and it reminds me of how family holds my life securely together. I think of my Grandpa’s overalls that had buckles like these. The green buttons were given to me by a very dear friend from home, and they symbolize friendship that also holds the pieces of my life together.
I have painted white clouds across the sky of my collage. As far back as I can remember, if someone suggested I think of a relaxing image (most likely an attempt to make this night owl get to sleep), I imagined floating on a fluffy cloud, weightless and overlooking my little corner of the world. All these years later, this is still my go-to relaxing scene.
I appreciate that the idea of my place to call home seems rather starry-eyed and impractical. A quirky house in the country filled with lots of quirky animals. But still, a girl can dream.
And so she does.