Do you still carry with you – as in your pocket - images from childhood?
Thinking about one of my earliest art quilts, “Wondering About the People Across the Street,” I discovered this wonderful quotation from Robert Penn Warren about the strength of childhood memories:
“When you are nine years old, what you remember seems forever; for you remember everything and everything is important and stands big and full and fills up Time.”
I can still remember houses on the street where I lived. I remember walking past them in the evening and looking in the windows. I believe it was part of the process of sorting out my place in the world.
Was my family the same as other families?
What would it be like living in somebody else’s house?
How did I feel about my own home and my place in it?
I created “Wondering about the People Across the Street” in 2014. I had not begun the current series about home, but certainly the memory of childhood was in my mind and urging me to create something. I was drawn to bold coloring book colors to emphasize the childlike quality of the memory. And I wanted the figure on the porch to be a simple silhouette. She is both my childhood self and every other child.
Today, I am still interested in what’s behind windows and inside homes. As Robert Penn Warren wrote, “What you remember seems forever.”
Here’s a detail of a work in progress in my studio now that reveals my ongoing wondering about life beyond the windows.
Here’s the completed work form 2014, "Wondering about the People Across the Street.” It’s in the journeys and stories gallery of my website, HERE
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