People often use the onion as a metaphor of life – you peel back the each layer of onion and it makes you cry, and you get closer to the center. You get to the center and that’s it. I’ve always wondered if that means you’re at the end of the road. I like the idea of an artichoke – you peel back each leaf and you get a taste and you evidentially get to the center and you find the heart of the artichoke.
I believe, like many, that we’re all on a journey. Part of that journey is being responsible for what we create as we struggle to heal. We are looking for what is real, who we are, what we want, and above all, we are Looking for Heart.
When I first created these images, they were work prints made as I processed, mentally and emotionally, the feelings that would later become a different body of work, Inside the Belly of the Whale.
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