After digging up the dirt on parents in my ‘Personal archeaology’ project (http://randomriting.wordpress.com) I wanted to finish the project by making a retablos that expressed gratitude for the things they gave me that I am thankful for.
Making this retablos was a strange experience. I manipulated old photos digitally and then printed them out. My printer is low on ink so it printed the colours strangely but I like the result. I stuck the photos into this little cardboard retablos made from a children’s board book. During the whole process I felt my mother’s presence around. She was an artist too and painted in oils. Silly as it sounds I felt her spirit presence found the digital process a complete hoot after the tedium of oil paints!
I had compiled a list of things I thank my parents for and was going to post it here. I read these words in a book called ‘Now is the time to open your heart’ by Alice Walker earlier today and felt they express everything I want to say far more nobly than I could.
‘For hours she had sat gazing into their beloved faces; all criticism of them forgotten; all complaints exhausted. Nothing remained but love. Not even desire to see them again remained.’
(posted by Suzanne/Almurta)’