TGIF’s challenge is “skulls”:
This is an ATC with multiple layers starting with melted wax crayons and then cut and punched paper shapes. The skull is a prop my husband uses in his photography and this is one of his discarded photos. After I glued the skull image I painted a thin glaze of burnt sienna over the card. I came back in with graphite and black colored pencil and then finished with a final glaze of the burnt sienna. I’m very pleased with the haunting effects of this floating head.
I appreciate the connection to the start of autumn and upcoming halloween, however, once I completed this image the gravity of it reminded me of today’s date. I am a New Yorker and was a witness to the horror on that day and the many days later as I worked with individuals directly impacted. So for me this image has become a powerful reminder of terror and loss and the need to stay connected in safe and expressive ways lest we forget; lest we lose sight of how we want this world to be and how we want to be in this world.