In Her Hands

Tracey Roberts © 2015 - 750mm x 1400mm


Artist's Statement

A few years back Christine saw Tracey performing at a jazz concert and loved some of Tracey's artworks there and was inspired to get her own personal art work. This piece ended up in a beauty therapy treatment room on a wall which had apparently been patiently waiting for some time for the right artwork. Christine was a calm, friendly and gentle beautician and therapist who offered treatments around balance and harmony, peace, beauty and warmth. She loved rich aubergine, blue and yellow-orange colours, rocks and crystals, flowers and classically elaborate and decorative borders. Her hands symbolise her life purpose and the power of her work. Symbols representing the interests of her children are cradled in the area within her hands and her husband is represented by images which support her lower hand. Also surrounding and as part of her hands, are certain elements representing objects which and people and animals who have shaped and supported her in her life including her siblings, pets and ancestors.

Scattered throughout the piece are other objects of importance and pieces thereof. Her family history has also been incorporated into this piece of personal artwork - items of sentimental value which have their own sub-stories like a cotton reel, a door knob, some jam jars and certain flowers. In the top left hand corner and bottom right hand corner are the motifs that she used on her gift vouchers in a rectangular box. The bow she used to wrap her gift voucher boxes is represented by a bow on one of her wrists.

Sadly Christine recently passed away and I was informed by a mutual friend of her funeral which I attended. It was a beautiful and moving service and I felt very honoured to see her artwork on display at the funeral service in place of her coffin and also printed on the order of service. I spoke to Christine's family afterwards - I wanted to pay my respects and meet her husband, children and sisters as I felt a small connection to them after having portrayed them in this piece of art. It was lovely to meet them all - naturally we talked about the artwork and I felt enormously privileged to hear them say:

"She really loved this art work. It will mean so much more to us now."


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