This morning I have a special treat for you. Our own Parker Kaufman, the talented collage artist who started this website, Vision and Verse, with me three years ago next month, has some fabulous work to share with us. All three of these beautiful works of art are 20" x 30" cardstock compositions mounted on foam board. Each one tells a story of a woman, stories of strength, confidence, and achievement in an otherwise critical and male-dominated society.
Her Night Out, 07-04-15, is the story of a young, single, and successful woman. She has been in attendance at an evening event, but soon loses interest, finding the company of the other party-goers unappealing. She takes leave and walks the mostly deserted urban streets. There Is comfort in the oneness with her thoughts as she stands silently, with only the cool breath of the night as a companion. She has no want for the acceptance of others as she has achieved self-actualization. She is formidable, like the concrete cityscape that surrounds her and she is at peace.
Hello Dahlinks, 10-10-15, a tale woven with glamour and excitement, wealth and fame, it talks of what outwardly appears to be Hollywood celebrity. Underneath the fashionable wrapping however, is a woman of substance. She has evolved from plebeian beginnings, building her image, rebuilding her image, and forsaking criticism. She is not dominated, but dominates. She is unconventional in a system of convention. Her greatest achievement is not wealth and fame, it is in that she rules in her world, not allowing the world to rule her. Success is the joy she has created in her life.
Walking The Dog, 10-24-15. This beautiful woman, as you might think, has a pedigree, however, and much to her delight, her canine companion does not. Financial standing is of little importance to her. She is daring, somewhat rebellious. She dons a beautiful dress, hat, and heels to walk the dog, and laughs to herself at the myriad of strange looks she gets from passersby. The motivation is not to impress, that would be pointless. Her manner of dress, her carriage, speaks to her inward approval of herself, her self worth. Her delight is not in the beauty that she is, but in the beauty that she creates.
Thank you, Parker, for sharing these beauties with us this morning. We love you and miss you. Come back and see us anytime!