|Embellished Fabric Collage
35" X 33"
Hampered: 35" X 33"
The outside yellow represents the sunshine of life- the golden years. He's been around the block several
times; sometimes wanders around -sometimes backtracks -his hand is out reaching others-sometimes he
lays in a bed of flowers and life is so good and lots of fun; touching others- loving others; thinking only
about himself to make himself good enough to be good for others. Only occasionally can faint shadows be
seen in the background of the different fabrics in his life.
Then things begin to change. He indulges more in processed food. It's the purple years; he's wise now
though- wiser than he's ever been. Others turn to him as a star -- for help. When he loses his way, he
reorganizes, asks for help from the people who can help – and then? Star quality energizes, emerges and
he's on his way again – he hopes forever. Slowly forces and responsibilities begin to change him. Life
starts to weigh him down as he doesn't make time to take enough care of himself. Others continue to
demand the same -and more -from him. Sometimes there are dead ends. Some family or friends get lost.
At times he feels invincible. His feet bother him; he begins to waddle and his body thickens. He surely
struggles to keep walking and keeps going anyway, despite pain. More and more he collapses; flounders
Now we see him trapped- front and center in the orange box. Arms still reach out. He can't move much
anymore. He starts sinking- going down. There is still more to his story, but what?