Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Empty, Rachel

Empty, 2010

about the piece.
In Rachel's words, "This image is titled Empty - prismacolor. It was the first piece I did after losing Lyra. It is my innocence as a first time mother laid bare and destroyed as the lifeline for my growing daughter became her executioner. Even though I present myself to others with a smile and a vague sense of normalcy, this is a representation of how I feel inside."

about the artist.
Rachel lives in Kansas with her husband of four years and a gray cat. They lost their first child, Lyra, at 30 weeks due to a cord accident on December 18, 2009. Rachel maintains a blog called Curls O Fred.


  1. hey rachel

    thank you for sharing your painting. i'm so sorry you lost your little Lyra.

    i can see the hurt in your painting the blue womb... I'm sorry and i wish i could do anything to ease the pain if only for a little while to give you some rest and time to heal that gapping hole.

    much love to you

  2. I have always known that there was a physical element to my wife's grief that as a Dad I could never fully understand although I can appreciate it is there.

    I think more than anything I have seen this painting captures it powerfully. At the heart of my wife's beauty and feminity their is an... well emptyness. Truly gut-wrenching

    Thanks for sharing it. Peace and Healing

  3. Wow, this is amazing.

    I'm intrigued by the physical void expressed here and in the clay sculpture previously. I definitely connect with that feeling, and felt so desperate to knit my womb back together after Iris died, and still do to a lesser extent.

  4. This is amazing. Definitely speaks to the pit of grief, the loss, the failure and the pain....

    So so very sorry Lyra isn't home with you.....

  5. I remember this feeling well xx Thankyou for sharing


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