Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fingerprint

Her exhibition opened with favorable reviews. As an artist who fused metals with natural materials, she mostly created large scale artwork for the home. However, this year she opted to create one piece different: one that was strictly metal, with no natural materials, and unlike any of the other pieces she generally designed. And it turned out to be the piece that created the most buzz.

She named the piece Fingerprint. And what was a fingerprint but the impression of lines upon a finger that solely identified you from another? And she created this piece as a form of self-identification, yet it meant something else entirely. It was simply a mental image that would visit her often that she managed to transform into tangible form. The design resembled the characteristic mark that preceded those episodes that always began as a small silver circle that would quickly expand into shining, swirling circles of gray metallic form. A dampened coldness would inevitably envelop her, forcing her to gently cover herself in layers of warm cloths in a quiet, darkened room. Her senses sharpened by unwelcome sounds and smells of life.

The idea germinated late one night. After a brutal episode, she laid lifeless in bed shielded under the stillness and darkness of night when images would filter into her conscious -- subconsciously beckoned. She arrived early the following morning at her studio to begin drawing the image she wanted to translate into metal form. In the end, she managed to capture it concisely, precisely, and intricately. Only she knew how it looked and felt. And she successfully transferred that vision onto iron form. The very thing that she had been unable to succeed to rid herself of in life. The fingerprint of her life. A fingerprint imprinted into her DNA by a mother who suffered the same. A migraine, captured finally in tangible form.

11 comments:

mariacristina said...

An interesting exploration of the creative process and the mind of an individual artist.

gautami tripathy said...

You have the ability to jolt your reader. Great piece of writing!

sleeplessnes

paisley said...

that was excellent.. i have always said,, nothing is what you think it is,, it is what it causes you to walk away thinking... this was an excellent story...

Michelle Johnson said...

What a creative interpretation of the fingerprint- a migraine. I would never have thought of that. Great job. Have a nice day.

Selma said...

You are such an original writer. This was brilliant!

Joy said...

Excellent take. A finger print linked to Migraine , both being faithful to a person.... Amazing..

Pm said...

This is a very good piece of writing. I have had visual migraine's and can see a resemblance to the aura I see to this image. How creative of you to link the two.

one more believer said...

wonderful piece of artistry... the art of a migraine... having experienced those awful episodes in the past you have touched upon the core sensations...

texasblu said...

Wonderful piece of writing Rebecca - enjoyable to visualize the process. Wasn't expecting the end. ;)

murat11 said...

Nicely layered writing to go with a wonderful image: lovely intricacies in both. Somewhere in my foggy memories, I dimly recall an art exhibition in, I think, New Orleans, where participants drew or painted their migraines.

Tammy said...

This was really good...WOW! I HATE migraines!