Monday, September 27, 2010

Rose Shadows



Having completed the rose ritual of a year and a day, a ritual in remembrance of my parents, I was free to put the roses away. I took some photos before doing so. I haven't been able to bring myself to dispose of the roses themselves, and in truth I see no need to. So they're now in a storage cabinet along with some other family goods and decorative items. Meanwhile, these shadows of these roses, making lines and lights on the floor.




Rose Shadows

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5 Comments:

Blogger Elisabeth said...

I can almost smell the faded roses, Art. They keep their perfume for such a long time even as it grows musty.

Our roses are about to burst into their first flowering in the next few weeks. I love it when they do.

What a beautiful concept - a ceremony of roses to honour the memory of your parents.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Thanks, E. I did the ritual for the traditional year and a day, buying and displaying roses on the anniversaries of their births and deaths. (Which I posted about in the blog here as things proceeded.) It did help me in the end, as when it was done I did feel like something had been healed, or at least relieved.

Some of my rosebushes have been blooming the past few weeks; we have a little more time, if autumn stays warm, for new blossoms. I've been enjoying them.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Rustique Gal said...

Art, these photos are so unique. I love hearing about your ritual. I have shadowboxes with old roses in front of ancestors of mine-in a somewhat spiritual offering. You put it into words.
Sherry

9:00 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Hi, Sherry—

I love your shadowbox idea. That's really cool. I hope you don't mind, and I might have to "steal" your terrific idea. :)

I've been recently thinking about doing more three-dimensional work, maybe little box collages; and I like your shadowbox idea a lot. It makes me think maybe I could use it, sometime later, for the roses.

Thanks!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

P.S. What do you think of the idea of using some of these photos in a shadowbox collage with pics of my parents and the dried roses themselves?

Such ideas as roses are made of. . . .

:)

9:12 PM  

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