forgive, 2021

dots, fabric, ink, thread, string on abaca paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches.

I made this after a fight that Luke and I had.  Sometimes it is hard to know how to keep a relationship when there is a bulging, negative, painful, tumor-like vibration inside your heart from someone.  This does not happen just from partners, but happens from most every relationship at some point.  I am not like Jesus and don’t just turn the other cheek. However, mostly, the good that I get from the people in my life, is much more wonderful than the sadness that they give me.   Of course, sometimes I need to weigh very carefully what is the right thing to do: stay or go.  Forgiveness is not a tidy thing. This is made of dots because it is disjointed.  I have crumpled the paper and and the ink is oozing. In the end, the flower will bloom again, hopefully stronger.