Friday, February 26, 2010

unbound


i am currently taking a class through the abbey of the arts called eyes of the heart, photography as contemplative practice. yesterday while i was out walking with my camera, a cedar tree caught my eye because of the interesting lumps and bumps in its trunk. as i drew nearer, however, i saw that the unusual formations had been caused by barbed wire that had been wrapped around her years ago. i was grieved to the core, and received this image as a stark reminder of the cruelty and suffering that exists in this world. i could not get the image out of my mind, and longed to see it transformed in some way. this morning, while looking again at the photograph, i saw a figure in the bark - it looked like a woman dancing, as one released from bondage. i offer this mandala in the hope that one day all who are in bondage (in whatever form that takes) will be released from their suffering.

5 comments:

Beverly Keaton Smith said...

Oh Stacy, Bless you! This is stunning and powerful.

Walks with Wolves said...

Breath-taking.

Kel said...

incredible imagery
and thoughtful ponderings

Doe Grozs Art said...

THANK YOU!!!

rwellsrwells said...

Somebody really needs to build a cathedral and commission you for the windows!