When I began creating my Feelings series, I always knew I would need to make Grief. Not necessarily because I would be feeling grief but rather, because it’s an emotion we all experience at some point. It’s a feeling of raw pain and anguish in the early days, weeks, and months of a loss, eventually edging back into the corners of the heart, yet occasionally rising in waves of sadness at unexpected moments even years later.
Grief drowns us. It swallows us down and we let it. We fight our way to the surface to bargain with our Divinity before sinking again into despair, hiding ourselves away, hoping if we hide long enough, it won’t be true. Eventually, we float, accepting the truth but still never knowing when another wave will come along and swamp us with our loss.
When I opened my design journal to the next doodle for my series, I knew it was time. This is Grief, as I imagine it would look if feelings had color and shape and texture.
If you are grieving, this piece is for you. You are seen and you are loved and the one you’ve lost is always with you.
Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome. Please share your thoughts!
Grief (link to poem)
Next up: I’m taking a short hiatus from creating any new work — big changes underway in our household (all good!!). Once things have settled back down, I’ll be back in late April or early May to continue work on my Feelings series.
Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions. The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle. The boundary evokes the feeling. From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber.
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2 thoughts on “(Feeling) Grief”
I think this is the best one yet, Hilary! The shapes and colors are wonderful!
Love, Mom xoxo
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