Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Conversations With My Mother







I have precious few family photos...
I suppose that might
be common in families










that experience alcoholism
and abuse..
many photos and possessions were lost..

so standing in for 
me and my mother are
unknown










people..
all a bit lost too..



my book is almost finished..
just a few threads need to be snipped..
some small bits of paper glued..

















last minute touches..








creating this art book was so very good 
for me..






very uplifting 

and
 cathartic..










the little muslin bag is a
hand stitched envelope..


connected with little tiny stitches ..
and I did wax the threads..
which will keep them from tangling too much..









I want to thank you all
for being such remarkable support..

and understanding my desire 
to work on this relationship


I am pleased with the finished piece
and if it is not chosen for the show..
I
have made something that
that speaks volumes
by saying
so little..



xo

29 comments:

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I'm glad there are more pictures. Great idea, Caterina. Hopefully I will get personal viewing soon!

lana kloch said...

working through the morass of our childhood and the complicated relationships of our parents often bring up issues we would rather avoid...

you have met them head on and beautifully exemplified your journey in the pages you have sewn together, patching, collaging, recovering, re-examining.. and through the tattered threads, questions left unanswered.

your hand stitched envelope seems to represent that you can safely stole the experience away and take them out by choice...

your work is extraordinary.. thanks again for sharing them..

love

lana cano kloch

Gail Pierce said...

Thanks for sharing this very personal and cathartic piece! Your work speaks volumes in a quiet way. Stellar as usual. xo

salvage chica said...

I totally believe all art is cathartic and I so appreciate your wonderful work, we all struggle with past issues and the healing is in our hands.
Fabulous!

Miss Iowa said...

This is lovely. Art is so therapeutic, isn't it? Thank you for sharing!

l. katherine roberts said...

Beautiful . . .

Seth said...

This work is beautiful but so much more: powerful, emotional and meaningful.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

When I first saw this I thought how wonderful this book was with the long threads left in place. My kind of book, although I could never create anything this beautiful or meaningful. I'm so glad this helped you understand your mother a bit better and had an emotional release that I'm sure you must have needed. I can't begin to imagine that it wouldn't be accepted into the show. It's a true (and priceless) gem.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

With all the turmoil that relationship brought you all I see is calm in this work, your acceptance and moving through, just beautiful. xox

Laura said...

I love what Corrine said above… this is how healing works. Today is the fifth day of counting the omer… hod sheb'chesed… acceptance, surrender held within the love of Mystery, LOVE that stitches our tattered hearts whole, again and again.

Such a beautiful gift you have offered yourself and the world, thank you Cat.

Connie Rose said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother, and what an amazing book you've created. I just love it. I had a difficult upbringing as well and also have very few old family photos. I made an art quilt five or six years ago as a tribute to my mother. If you respond to this comment with your email, I'll send you an image of the quilt. Blessings and peace.

Pamela Gerard said...

From pain comes great beauty......the book is just so wonderful. And, I firmly believe Art Saves Lives. A conversation with the dead is certainly possible. A book I read once had something about "ghosts sitting at the dinner table" and i loved that idea. But now, YOU can decide what way the conversation flows......

Caterina Giglio said...

Hello Unknown, I must know you, or you would not be getting a private showing...LOL

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi dear Lana,
I know you understand how challenging a project like this can be and I am so happy to have your support and understanding. Thank you again, and again! xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you, Gail... Muah!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you so much, Salvage Chica.. I so appreciate your visit and your kind remarks!

Sharmon Davidson said...

I can understand how this lovely book could be so cathartic and healing for you. It speaks volumes about things that go unspoken, if you know I mean... very evocative. I was wondering, what did you make the pages out of? I'm sorry if you already said before, I'm forgetful at times...

Kim Henkel said...

So very very beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing

Dorthe said...

Dear Cat,
your book of thoughts and memories of your mother, is a beautiful piece, so many words faded or not said, or hidden in the soul, not to be spoken again.
But you said all this- or this little- so very loud dear friend, and I`m happy for you, it have given you a kind of piece in heart ,and kind of closed this chapter for you, to maybe "live in piece " with your mother.
Sending you love.
Dorthe

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi there, Miss Iowa, it certainly is cathartic... thank you!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you Katherine!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you, Seth, that means so much to me.. :D

Caterina Giglio said...

oh E! you are so kind! I learned long ago to just release the project, if it supposed to show it will, but it was such an honor even to be invited to show my work. That, alone made made my day! I have sent in the jpegs, particulars and my CV, so we will see! I will keep you posted. It won't show until September... if it goes!! Thank you, E! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Corrine, thank you, I have been working on the relationship for many years. Estrangement offered a very safe way of peeling back the layers. I am in a good space, and I have forgiven and forgotten and I am glad it shows! xoxox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Laura, so nice to have you stop by, and you are so right... love does stitch it all back together again... so true, thank you, dear heart! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Connie, my email is caterinagigliodigison@gmail.com and I just took a hike over to your blog to see you are on retreat... that is lovely.. enjoy your respite. Thank you for the kind remarks and your understanding about the book... would love to see your quilt!

Caterina Giglio said...

Pamela, I love that... "Ghosts sitting at the dinner table", yes absolutely! I am pleased with the book and feel such a sense of release, it was very uplifting work for me, odd but true. I believe she is free now and that makes me feel joyous... x

Caterina Giglio said...

Sharmon, the substrate is heavy watercolor paper... the kind in a strathmore pad... I liked the nubby texture and it takes quite a beating... :D

Caterina Giglio said...

Kim... thank you so very much!!

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