The Mother Hole
The Hand to Hand Project

The Mother Hole

A work in progress

The Mother Hole is a multi-disciplinary environmental "well" for asking my deceased mother, Hazel, the nature of death. Digging a hole is a metaphor for plunging deep into the self, for birth as well as death, and the struggle in what the mythologist Joseph Campbell called "the hero's journey". I will place a chair at the bottom, sit on it, and speak to my mother about my fear of dying. I do not expect to hear an audible voice, or emerge transformed. Instead, in the process of digging down, I may encounter reconciliation and bravery. This piece uses performance as silent daily digging, sculpture in the creation of a chair made of branches, and a ladder from rope. Deep set, low lighting that creates a gentle illuminated well at night may be an aspect. Twenty eight drawings on paper of holes and tunnels are complete. See the slide show below. All are mixed media on paper at 11" x 14", 11" x 17", and 22" x 30". A blog, The Interwoven Heart is up and running, and ready to go at http://www.interwovenheart.blogspot.com/ as a forum for my daily thoughts, and dialoguing with reader-followers.