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May 29, 2010


Mixed-media and Personification

Mixed-media and Personification

     Surrender is the illegitimate child of Ego and Perfection. Immediately after birth, she was cloaked in shame and whisked away to a remote village where she was raised anonymously. In adolescence, she met a street fighter named Chaos who engaged her in daily battles over love, money, prestige, and power. Eventually, Chaos challenged Surrender to an all or nothing duel. However, mid-sword-swing, Surrender began to laugh hysterically. She walked off the battlefield and into the surrounding forest where she dressed herself in the colors and patterns of sunlit leaves and insect wings. 
    After a time spent following the Beatles on tour, Surrender purchased an ice cream truck. She built a booming business crisscrossing the country selling her wares. When Surrender is in your vicinity, you’ll hear the faint notes of “Let it Be” spilling from the speakers atop her truck. The song repeats on a loop as Surrender makes her rounds. Once a month, Surrender sends Chaos a postcard from wherever she happens to be. She always signs her messages “You win” with a happy face drawn over the “i.”
     Surrender will lift and gather the folds of her gown, which grows longer and more luminescent as she ages, before sailing through your door. When you complain that she’s interrupting your busy schedule, she’ll roll her eyes and begin to pull balloons out of her hat. She’ll fill each one with helium she exhales from her lungs and attach it to a string. Then, she’ll peel away the lists of things to do and New Year’s resolutions that paper your walls. She’ll tie the scraps of offending décor to the ends of the strings dangling from the ceiling.
     After touching up her lip gloss, Surrender will whirl like a dervish until the roof lifts and each and every balloon escapes in tumbleweeds of wind. Clapping her hands together, she’ll turn and remark in a high-pitched squeak, “That wallpaper was so five minutes ago.” Giggling, she’ll take your hand and walk you out to her truck where she’ll offer you a Good Humor bar. The two of you will sit in silence, savoring the essence of toasted almond and strawberry shortcake, while watching the flock of balloons drift out of sight. Like Chaos, you’ll appreciate Surrender once you’ve returned to your senses.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2010 3:26 am

    Yay!!! Your art rules! Go mom!!! =D Tee hee. =3


    • July 4, 2010 2:53 am

      Thanks sweetheart! Your art rules too!! Art is the spice of life. 🙂 love, mama


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