Finishing the last inch on any piece is a slow, painstaking process. Each row must be sewn in as the space between the warps grows tinier and tinier. The last row forced into place almost always resulting in bruised fingertips. This time as I finished the growing bruises felt appropriate; I spent all these hours mentally challenging myself with the technical difficulties of this piece, and emotionally challenged as the piece allowed my past year of grief to fully ebb… what are bruises but the beginnings of calluses? Not in the sense of becoming numb to things, but in the sense of becoming adapted, of developing a greater capacity for the effort, wherever that effort lies.
I adore cherry blossoms (and apple, pear and plum blossoms too!) because of the hope they represent. How can something so fragile persist year after year? How does such a delicate thing create such a bounty of food? I never cease to be amazed. I am pleased to share ‘Tenacious’ with you. This piece represents over 140 hours of work and is 87.6cm x 53.3cm (34.5″ x 21″).