North Kingstown, RHODE ISLAND
10.000 x 10.000 x 0.100 inches
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Mixed Media - Pastel/mixed-media On Paper
Anna's story is revolves around the number three - she was born with a heart with three chambers, both main arteries coming from the same ventricle. Often her coloring would be a bit blue as her heart struggled to pump oxygen rich blood to the body. From eight weeks old to four years old, Anna endured three open heart surgeries. Anna's mother Marie wrote so many things in her heart essay that brought imagery to mind - that with each surgery, Anna's coloring became more pink, and in particular, this line:
"Nothing can prepare you for the heartache that occurs when your child's life lays in the hands of doctors."
So I imagined Anna's heart as this beautiful, fragile, piece of cracked art glass. One heart for each surgery, becoming more pink and less fractured as they grew. And they are held gently - cared for, loved, looking as if they are offered as a gift. Even the cracks in the hearts are more like lovely signs of character than flaws.
February 12th, 2011
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