I was flipping through my Instagram feed this morning at 4.45am ( I keep waking up early ) when I was arrested by a piece by ‘gracemorganart’. Which showed a photograph of some gloves. These had been stitched , the fingers joined together with many tiny stitches. White on a red background. To me the fingers looked trapped.
I am still floored by my emotional response. Which has stayed with me and which I can’t quite place.
An image of my free exuberant paper dancer popped into my head, with her arms and legs chopped off and bound to her body like an Egyptian mummy, cocoon or a butterfly that died emerging from its chrysalis.
Below is an exploration of the idea – it’s not quite grim enough
Yesterday I visited a butterfly world near Dalkeith and I was fascinated by the chrysalids hanging from bamboo canes and some pinned to a wall. Most were empty, but a few had died and dead bodies lay on the floor. I felt a great sadness disproportionately to the event. 1 in 4 don’t make it ( according to the attendant )
The trapped feeling is focused on my neck and shoulders and stomach. A tingling embodied response.
I have a strong need to write I MUST SAY NO TODAY.
The thought of not being able to move my fingers freely is terrifying- to be caught in that web. I feel trapped, but what binds me?
The need to say ‘No’ to my self , relates to a trance like state that I can get into where I am not in control and feel in free fall. ( Tara Brach talks about it being the state you are in before you become mindful)
gracemorganart posted that she had to make the stitches to keep sane.’little bitty stitches on little bitty gloves, these little stitches kept me sane today’ I was in a trance state this week making too many flower stickers. I feel trapped in my mandalas and doodling sometimes – sitting on the sofa not moving enough. My hands hurt with all the small details.
Then Yesterday I had great fun splodging paint on top of my neat outlines like some kind of rebellion against ‘neat and tidy stuck me ‘ ( lol)
Below is another version of trapped – it reminds me a bit of ‘Aliens’ when they are waiting to explode out of bodies ……
Below A moth chrysalis up close and a butterfly that didn’t make it . I don’t like the drawing pins .