last weekend my mom celebrated her 50th birthday, as a gift I illustrated two plates made of wood that fit into eachother. one depicts my mother as a young girl (past) and the other as an old woman (future, although I jokingly told her this was her now).
in the ‘past’ illustration I tried to put emphasis on roots and the innocence and purity of heart of young blood from the dutch countryside. among its composition of plants and tree-branches this plate carries the text “who knows”, which I thought would be very fitting in the light of what I was trying to accomplish with this illustration. the other plate has the text “where time goes”, which refers to age. combined, the two texts make the title of a song by Eilis Kennedy, whose music means a lot to my mother.
in the ‘future’ illustration I tried to make a composition consisting of plants etc that can be found near where my family lives and things that are dear to my mother — such as orchids. In the background, behind the old woman, I drew our house — whereas on the other plate the house where my mom grew up is shown.
when the ‘past’ is placed inside the ‘future’ plate, the borders spell my mom’s full name; her two given names in the top, and her last name and maiden name in the bottom:
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