By Eloth Burnes
is a story behind these Chinese character hangings.
have a little girl in our neighborhood named Sophia,
who was born with a rare inherited genetic disorder.
In February 2003, her parents invited their community
of friends and neighbors to visit and make what they
called prayer flags. When completed, the flags would
be strung around the house as a means of support for
Sophia and her family.
sick with a cold so I knew I couldnt go into their
home. I was in a quandary as to how I could contribute.
During one sleepless night I concluded I should use charcoal
to make a drawing of the Chinese character for love.
next morning I searched the Web and found the character
for love. I donned headphones, turned on myfavorite classical
music station, organized my materials and worked for
hours on Sophias Love. It was a tranquil yet joyous
completing Sophia's Love I took it to the home of my
friend Robin, who was to deliver it for me. That evening
Janet, who owns Articles in Mendicino, was visiting Robin.
Janet liked Sophias Love and asked if I would make
some additional pieces like it for her gallery. I was
thrilled and agreed at once.
often told to follow our heart. I did that with this
art. It has brought added meaning and joy to my development
as an artist. I hope you enjoy it too.
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