The story behind this is that Thomas did this piece of art work, a charcoal drawing on a full sheet of paper; in response to a poem I wrote. He was still doing his BFA then. The poem was one of several for a poetry book project that would help women who suffered from abuse. The poems would be set in an order that would lead them to realize they could survive and become more, and that they were not alone in suffering abuse. Abuse happens to both men and women when good communication doesn’t happen, and people are caught up in the way they think.
The Broken Doll poem expressed that sense of being broken when treated so badly. Not a good feeling. I won’t publish it here yet because the project is not finished and not readily accessible. A bit of a teaser.
This charcoal drawing can stand on its own. It can be identified with. How it came into being: Thomas knew of a huge boulder field, somewhere in Maine or perhaps New Hampshire. We went and had a wonderful time taking photos of my old china doll in the rocks. I had told him that this is what I wanted to do, and so he knew the perfect place to go to. There is another place where the boulders are as big as houses, and snow can be found at their base in July. You will have to forgive me, that I do not recall where this is.
I thought the trees and shrubs very brave to dare and grow up in-between the boulders! There was dirt somewhere beneath them. Imagine what it took for them to all be in one place! The area was huge! A desert of big rocks with a few trees. I think there was an old building across the road.
Thank goodness with Covid____we can still get out into the world. There is a great deal of inspiration out there if you do art or writing or simply love being in nature! Sometimes I forget to go out into the world, but when I do I always find the rewards of doing so! I feel better, and those broken things are not thought of as much!