I Had A Life

“BLACK FOREST” 2008, ceramic,sand

I installed the piece shown above in a friend’s garden the other day.

Most of the work I created during my time as an artist is long gone..sold, thankfully.

I kept a few pieces back in my personal collection to enjoy myself and remind me of the ‘me’ that was.

Sometimes the art has other ideas and needs to go elsewhere.

Case in point: “BLACK FOREST.”

I enlisted two friends to help me install what happens to be my favorite work of art in a lovely and intimate courtyard with trees just off the home’s master bedroom and dining room.

I sat in a chair and told my friends where to place each object… “There..no, just 1/2 inch to the right..YES!”

They were patient as each piece found it’s way home.

I have not made art in awhile and found myself saying things like: “I LOVE MY ART!” “Look how inCREDible this is looking!”

When we were finished the two of them kindly packed up boxes and left me there alone for a bit to commune with the work which was so alive and tenuously sending down new roots into it’s unfamiliar earthen home.

It had already left ME and had begun the adventure of claiming the new spot.

I could tell it really liked where it was and I sat back and thrilled at the miracle that it was my very hands which brought this beautiful experience to life not too long ago… Not so very long ago…

I said goodbye and took my leave.

Just a touch of melancholy but mostly a lovely peace inside.

That life WAS…this one today IS.

I felt content knowing that somewhere along the line I have learned how to create a day, a life like that work of art; mold the clay, fix the flaw, enjoy the shape, send it through the fire and if it fractures pick up another piece of clay and do it again.


5 Responses to “I Had A Life”

  1. Gay Block on October 6th, 2012

    Dear Cathy,

    Your art is truly beautiful and now your words have absorbed all the depth you once expressed through your hands. Thank you for writing this and sharing it this morning.

  2. Rhonda on October 6th, 2012

    I simply loved the art work… I envy the lucky friend who has it now… It would make any garden beautiful, I wish it was in my garden here in Sydney Australia. Take pride in it because its creativity at its best !

  3. Judy on October 7th, 2012

    Beautiful! Wow. It is so alive!

  4. gerry harty on October 7th, 2012

    dear cathy…wow…no matter what happens to us…we artists cannot stop creating…it’s in our hearts…soul and minds!!! thank god!!!…you are a true treasure and role model for all of us!!!..xoxo gerry

  5. lynn Kaye on October 17th, 2012

    I LOVE your art!!! Black Forest is shining bright. ox

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