Hold Me: Anatomical Heart, 2022. Layers of antique sheet music from 1723 to 1945 make up the surface of this mixed medium sculpture. There is protective UV coating on the precious paper.
I taught my daughter to knit at a very young age and she was able to make her own patterns by the time she was 10. She made a pattern for and knit me an anatomical heart for my birthday when she was 12. I was delighted. Her fascination with vascular phenomenon has continued and she is now a nurse practitioner. I have made many vascular sculptures to echo my deep love for my daughter and the elemental love I have for sculpture. It was clear to me that I should make vascular hearts in my papier-mâché investigations because music truly is the landscape of the heart. Often the paper I use dictates how I proceed with my final compositions. The HOLD ME heart is a clear example of this. The song I used to make my final shaping is from 1892 and had a simple beautiful title which I was drawn to putting in the very center of the heart. While I try not to have any words on most works these were too powerful for me to cover up. It is a love story about how our hearts respond to music, in celebration, sorrow and healing. Our hearts do truly hold the music of life.