Reclaiming the Self

Kathleen Hodges's avatar Kathleen Hodges

It has been six years since the loss of my spouse. This is the fifth year that I have submitted an entry for Artprize. Each year I have explored a theme that has enabled me to heal from this loss through artistic expression. In the last two submissions, "Abandoned I" and "Abandoned II," I captured the feelings of loss in surreal interpretations of an abandoned city and the abandoned farm. "Reclaiming the Self" portrays abandonment as the unfolding of one's life. Personal photography, collage and other mixed media applications expose a story created through life's experiences, perceptions, beliefs and filters that have reached their usefulness. The lotus flower symbolizes rebirth, renewal and creativity. It is time to let go of old interpretations, possible limitations, and stand in renewal. This is the message I hope the observer can realize from this piece: we can abandon our "stories" and still maintain our spirits, our souls, our selves.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: Mixed Media, collage, photography, acrylic
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 30 inches