Remember Me

Eilis Nicholson's avatar Eilis Nicholson

Growing up my mom encouraged me and my brother to see the world from a different perspective. On the way to school she would ask us what colors we would use if we could paint the sky. My answers were always the basic answers blue pink and purple, as I got older I started to elaborate on the exact hue I would use and even the technique. She would walk with us in our woods in the backyard and she would take a handful of her “special” rocks that she found on the shore of the creek in the woods and make small towers. She taught us to perceive nature as an art form and to appreciate its beauty. Certain people since ancient times would leave small rock stacks upon the land. They are in the desert of Arizona, the beaches of Oregon, the high altitudes of Mt. Olympus in Greece, and even in the rural area of Central Illinois along a stony creek. These small rock towers were and still are made to pay homage to nature, to make a trail, or even just to say I was here, this is my mark, remember me. My mom made her mark almost everywhere she went. Whenever I see these small cairns I think of my mom. My mom has participated in ArtPrize for three years, last year she wanted me to submit a piece with her because I had just turned 18. I didn’t end up submitting a piece with her and I regret not having that experience with her. She passed away in her sleep this last February, it came as quite a shock to me and my family. Last semester I was taking a drawing class at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and after my mother died it seemed like I only wanted to draw things that reminded me of her. For my final project I drew a stack of rocks with water flowing behind them just like the ones she would leave scattered throughout our backyard.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: charcoal
  • Width: 37 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 31 inches