For several months it has been almost impossible for me to get into my studio and work. I have been traveling and working, so there has been hardly a moment for myself. But tonight, I couldn’t help but throw myself against my boards, plaster and tools. I sought refuge in my studio. This painting, started and carved tonight is for my friends.
Friends I have never met but whom I love.
Shaista, my brave little sister who battles Lupus. I listened to her on the radio tonight and can’t stop crying. Her voice is so beautiful . She is as articulate in sound as her poetry. Thinking about her has unleashed a torrent of emotion.
Maia, the passionate mother of Qui Qui and artist extraordinaire whose art and dolls sit on my window sill. Qui, about to undergo medical tests…... I hold my breath. Not for Q, but Maia
Yoli-my steady friend, protector, and treasure hunter. She constantly offers words of encouragement and just when I think I am alone, she reminds me I am not. She is mother to three beautiful warriors. The header of my blog is Yoli and her babies.
Shokoofeh -the young, talented and the totally FREE spirit living in Iran..I lay awake in bed and worry about her every night. There is nothing Simple about her.
Alliot, the brilliant designer and photographer who is mother to the talented Iza living in Hong Kong. Alliot's journal of her daughter remind me how quickly my own grew up. Her writings of the competitive nature of being Chinese brings me to my knees. I always feel Alliot and Iza's heart beat when I pass through their airport and lanes. ….so close, yet we haven’t seen each other...yet.
These women, unseen, are my friends and I would sacrifice much if they asked me to. Tonight I started this painting, two women sitting together chatting as friends. Sharing secrets.
For all of you dear girls, tonight I am yours and you are here with me.