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Contributor: Cherie Castellano
The concept for this collage of items from my kitchen drawer derives from my experiences as a mother of a special needs child and highlights my experience of my ministry of presence for my child and all that means. “I'm here” is what I say when I comfort my child instinctively, but do not know what to do. I had a faith revelation as I watched the movie, “The Passion,” during the scene in which Mary watched Jesus fall while carrying the cross – Mary has a flashback to when he fell and scraped his knee as a boy and she scoops him into her arms, saying “I'm here.” Suddenly she runs through the crowd to him and holds him, once again saying “I'm here.” This scene connected my experience with hers and allowed me to be grace filled. (Please click on the Artist Links below the galleries for the complete Artist statement)
Contributor: Melanie Truesdale
Entitled “Me / My Daughter,” my book signifies the intricate connection between my daughter and myself. Two panes of glass are hinged to one another – the one on the left shows a portrait of myself with the caption “My Daughter” and the one on the right shows a portrait of my daughter with the caption “Me.” Hinged at the bottom of my portrait is a third pane of glass which, when lifted up, covers my face and reveals a poem I wrote to explain this connection. The poem, like my book, is dichotomous, with the title and corresponding words interchanged.
I am a sister of a multiply handicapped woman who lived at home with my parents as I, in my profession, coordinated group home living. My parents and I often clashed over my sister’s future. My book embodies the struggle of a tug of war, depicted by a thick piece of rope thrust through a whole cut in the center of two panes of glass, which face one another like two pages of an open book. The piece signifies the struggle of the family – the security of the child in the safety of his/her parents, and the independence that the child must one day experience apart from the parents. The two panes of glass are decidedly separate, but balanced and held upright by the tight rope that binds them together.
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