Each of my BJP pieces this year is about a special blessing in my life. How could I be more blessed than I am with the freedom we enjoy in this country? What better subject for the month of July?
Visiting Eastern Europe several times while it was still under Communist rule, I experienced first hand a little of what it must be like to live under political suppression. In Romania, for example, it was dangerous for folks to be seen talking to me, and definitely not safe for them to allow me to come in their home. A person could be arrested (worst case) or denied food (best case) for speaking Hungarian in a bread line. Nobody knew who might be spying on them, reporting them to the police. Many people didn't even trust their own family members.
So political freedom, such as we have in this country (not perfect, but better than in many countries), is a huge blessing. On my piece, I represent this type of freedom with a 1944 liberty dime. The ink-pen point represents a related freedom - the freedom to write and speak our beliefs and thoughts. I include the blessing of a personal freedom, which I grant myself, to write honestly and freely in my journals, blogs, and books.
The butterfly represents spiritual freedom. It has something to do with allowing myself the freedom to explore spirituality in a way that is not boxed by any traditional religious concepts. The bird? Well, birds fly, bless them. I want to be a bird in my next life, free to fly long distances, swoop and soar, and ride the winds.
When I hold my July ATC in my hand, it seems to throb, to exude the outward energy of freedom. May it grace the universe with each pulse.
The fabric I used for this piece is some that I hand-resist-dyed in a workshop taught by Ann Johnston. I had been hoarding it for a long time. Working on Freedom gave me the freedom to cut into the piece and use it! You can probably see how this fabric influenced my color choices and the way the piece is divided into 4 quarters, each with a different symbol. The inter-twining vine ties them all together.