You see, the thing about this membership is, is that you don't know that you're in the club until you are part of it all........and the committee meetings are intense- stressful but healing.....as women ,by chance, we open up and share our loss, and rally together to help.......this is the mothers club, a silent, exclusive club, women only.
THAT, the thing that women go through to be a part of the mothers club is unbearable.........the loss of a child.
I often say to people when I teach, "Don't draw when you're sick- if you can avoid it!". The last 9 weeks have seen nothing but snot, rashes, coughs and slime in our house and drawing has been difficult. When I draw when I'm sick my work becomes messy, the lines heavy and the subject matter a little darker what I would normally be inspired to do. I never do my best work, and no one would argue that this is ! lol. And so it is the case with this work. And yet, Art is supposed to be a way to express yourself- and allow others see and feel a place that they may not be able to go to without the visual inspiration.......
This is a tombstone. It doesn't exist. It's a vision of immortality and a symbol of perpetual love- my perpetual love for someone I loved unconditionally, and lost.
This year I was quite moved by mothers day- I lost my mum 23 years ago. The day creeps up on you, and some years are far better than others, I always know that a few weeks later is the anniversary of her death. This year was a 'shocker'. lol.
And so, this tombstone is how we feel as women- we're always bonded to our children, be they still here or not, we're always protective, and the grief and loss of a child, or in my specific case with this work, the loss of a mother, only highlights the fact that we take our love for them to our graves.........an eternal embrace of enduring love. They're never ever forgotten........kxx
(Dedicated to every mother who has ever lost a baby, and every person who has ever lost their mother.)