On the weekend we took my mom-in-law to the hospital to visit her husband. He is 90 and she is 86; they’ve been married for 51 years. In the rehab lounge, we all sat together, my husband, myself, mom and dad-in-law and my dog (yes, they do allow family dogs as visitors (rehab area only) to the hospital). There were other patients in there too, to pet the dog, to watch tv, to chat with us, and to help my dad-in-law with his lunch. It was, in spite of circumstances, a bit of a party. Then, when the others filed out, my dad-in-law began to sing to his wife. I’ve never in my life heard him sing, or say anything remotely romantic, but he sang old romantic sentimental songs eyeball to eyeball with his aging wife and she listened and tapped her feet. I had chills up my spine, being witness to that moment, one of the most romantic moments I’ve ever seen (including books and movies).
When my dad-in-law stopped he got sad, and said, ‘but it’s all only memories’. How sad, and how wrong, that moment in the hospital, the here and the now was such a thing of immense power.
It’s no wonder geese have been on my mind since then; known for life long monogamous partnerships, I think in a round about way I’ve been attempting to capture that moment.
Image Above: monoprint on mulberry paper. Geese are painted onto plate and pressed. I’m working on a foam plate version of the same drawing.
Image Below: Wolf and Raven monoprint. Gelatin plate and foam and linocut relief. For close up details, you can hobble on over to my fineartamerica site.
Wolf & Raven details at fineartamerica