Sunday, June 29, 2008
Husband: Decision Portrait Series
(Click on image to enlarge. Husband. Words: I Loved Her for 45 Years...the Last 15 with MS. Xylene transfer on tea-stained muslin. Hand stitched. 24" x 18".)
The wonderful man in this image is my former insurance agent. He's recently retired but has seen my family through our business needs, personal needs, and a catastrophic house fire. His wife died about two years ago. The stitched background reads: In Sickness and In Health 'Til Death Do Us Part. Lots of people make these vows; lots of people keep them; but it is an important decision...especially under trying circumstances.
In order to explain this new series to potential participants, I've created a blog for it...a one-stop place with a conceptual statement, images, and a WISH LIST. (Title and/or words are flexible!) The wish list is below for anyone who might consider being pictured:
Title: Blood Donor. Stitched words: Saving lives one pint at a time. (Long time donor, please!)
Title: Overcoming Domestic Abuse. Stitched words: I pressed charges.
Title: Somebody Else's Miracle. Stitched words: I gave up a child for adoption.
Title: Graffiti Artist/Vandal. Stitched words: (symbol of the "tag")
Title: DUI. Stitched words: I made a mistake.
Title: Pro Choice. Stitched words: I wasn't ready for a baby
Title: Teenage Mother. Stitched words: I kept my baby
Title: Gang Member. Stitched words: I wear my colors
Title: Neo-Nazi. Stitched words: Master Race
Title: Living with AIDS. Stitched words: Didn't use a condom
Title: Public Servant. Stitched words: I ran for office (Must be a non-career politican! I have a lead on this one)
Title: College___(Freshman/sophomore/etc.) Stitched words: Never too late to learn (Must be someone over 70 or so who has returned to school)
Title: Dealing with Alzheimer's. Stitched words: I put my Mom/Dad in a home
Title: Homeless. Stitched words: No Fixed Address (This can't be someone with a mental disease but someone who choses to live this way!)
Title: Happy Family. Stitched words.....This one would include a same sex couple and their child with Mommy____(first name); Mommy____(first name); and name of child or Daddy____(first name); Daddy____(first name); and name of child
Title: Kidney Donor. Stitched words: I had two...but to share.
Title: Organic Farmer. Stitched words: No chemicals
Title: Rabbi. Stitched words: Waiting for the Messiah. (This one is "pending".)
Title: Patriot. Stiched words: ____(Rank); ____-____(Birth year to death year)...(I need a young man/woman unfortunately killed in the current war.)
Title: Tattoo Artist. Stitched words: Marked for life.
Title: Illegal Immigrant. Stitched words: I want the American Dream
Title: New Voters. Stitched words in front of three people: Republican, Democrat, Independent
Title: Runaway. Stitched words: I left home. (My son Alex...who's been gone since February doesn't qualify...believe it or not, a seventeen year old in South Carolina is allowed to leave...and there's nothing his/her parents can really do about it!)
Title: Athetist. Stitched words: There is no God.
Title: Death Wish. Stitched words: I attempted suicide.
Title: Shoplifter. Stitched words: It wasn't mine.
Title: Nun. Stitched words: Married to Christ.
Title: Monk. Stitched words: A Vow of Silence. (Or other wording depending on vows.)
Title: Prostitute. Stitched words: By the hour.
Title: 911 Operator. Stitched words: 24/7.
Title: Buddhist. Stitched words: Seeking enlightenment. (Prefer someone past the first vows of Refuge.)
(I'd like a Hindi and a Muslim...because I don't even know how to phrase these!)
Posted by Susan Lenz at 9:21 AM