Tuesday, 16 October 2007

In the name of love

Stone Child (in progress)

Today, Bertrand Cantat came out of jail. The lead singer of pop/rock band Noir Désir hit his actress girlfriend to death 4 years ago, during the shooting of a film dedicated to the life of feminist writer Colette. Because of this tragedy, France had started reflecting about domestic abuse. Yesterday, there was a debate on TV ; should this guy come out after 4 years etc etc... All of a sudden I felt a deep-rooted anger come out and had to go to bed.

This morning, I painted the cab faces I'd made earlier on and felt like working on my second spirit doll shape, which I'd left in a corner for months. She was meant for a special someone until I realized I was still angry with this person. I gave her a sweet face and worked on, thinking she must be called "In the name of love (still angry after all this time)". I was trembling while beading. When my partner came home he commented that she looked like an Inuit. I then realized she must be the "Stone Child" (as in Clarissa Pinkola Estes' "Warming the Stone Child") and added a stone collected from the Seine riverbank . We share similar scars.

I also painted the face of Alice's Spirit doll today.

Alice doll (in progress)


Grace said...

Your dolls are beautiful, I love the faces and especially the colors on In the Name of Love. I'm intrigued by "Warming of the Stone Child". I struggle with issues on both sides abandonment. I'm inspired to do a little resarch on this story. Thank you!

Hélène H said...

Oh thanks, Grace ! On "in the name of love" I must say I was inspired by your own research on color ; it helped me let loosen my inner critic's grip and try to be more adventurous, doing what I feel rather than what I think is proper.

Hope you get some food for thought with the Stone Child.


Acey said...

These are very powerful healing pieces to me. The emotional investigation/release they are allowing you to experience also has a very powerful vibration to them. Thought of you in a bead store today. Was making my selections and suddenly thought I had to remember to check your blog when I got home. Now I know why ...

Acey said...
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Hélène H said...

Wow, I'm deeply moved by your post Acey. Thank you.


KV said...

These are amazing dolls, Helene. You have a way of touching one's heart in so many ways.

I hope finishing them gave you lots of peace.

Kathy V in NM

Hélène H said...

Thank you for your kind comment KV. Yes, making these dolls has indeed proved healing and when I look at them I feel light and love.