What would you like to bring to fruition

in the new year?

And what’s wrong with pears anyway?

I’ve never understood why Pear-shaped means something’s gone wrong.

Pears are beautiful.

They’re smooth, balanced and voluptuous. They are nature’s art – alive and juicy. They even stand up by themselves. Perhaps they need to stand up for themselves, along with their pear supporters.

art Swain vision pear sculpture

Pear-shaped World 2
Sally Swain © original art
2017 vision

What do you think is a

good substitute term for Pear-shaped?

How about ‘Chair-shaped’? (It rhymes). ‘Prickle-shaped’ or ‘Shoebox-shaped’? (more angular). Let us know your ideas.

A couple of years ago, I made a Dreaming Mandala from fabric, paint and beads. An apple emerged for each project I wished to bring to fruition.

Swain art mandala fabric

Fruity Dreaming Mandala
Sally Swain © original art
vision for the year

As I begin to awaken to 2017, I stretch my muddy old limbs. I feel not too fresh, if truth be told. I wonder if you too need time and space to recover from personal, social, spiritual and political 2016 whirlwinds.

Over several days, as 2016 ripened into 2017, I indulged in creative play with my sister and niece. The first day, we perched on the salty boardwalk of an inner west sea pool. I led a guided meditation. We mulled over the year that was. We dreamed, wrote and drew into our possibilities.

The next day we played with miniatures and cloth.

The day after, we sculpted with air-drying clay, beads, wire and feathers.

Pear-shaped World 1 Sally Swain © original art 2017 vision

Pear-shaped World 1
Sally Swain © original art
2017 vision

Fruit reared its juicy head and body again. Apples of previous years morphed into 2017 pears. Pears themselves might be beauteous, but many elements of my sculptures were dented, frayed or misshapen. That’d be right, I thought, that imperfection. Faded fabric, a broken candle, a dusty swan, my muddy limbs, this creaky world.

I began to delight in deliberate denting and distorting. A fingernail bite here; a squishy blob there. Small beads fell out and away from the clay.

Life is not perfect.

Even my vision for the new year is a bit bruised. And that’s OK.

 

The good news is

that the dented, frayed and misshapen elements

joined to make a cohesive whole.

I dressed the imperfections with jewels. I celebrated the sacred squishiness. No false, saccharine new year’s vision for me. Just because I wake to a new year doesn’t mean I have a blank slate or a symmetrical piece of fruit. I acknowledge age and continuity. I create a genuine, authentic, late middle-aged embodiment of the desire to bear fruit.

Then I painted my pears. Bronze, with smears of greeny black patina.

art Swain vision pear sculpture

Pear-shaped world 2
Sally Swain © original art
2017 vision

Pear-Shaped World 3 Sally Swain © original art 2017 vision I notice the pear nest starts to look like a boat

Pear-Shaped World 3
Sally Swain © original art
2017 vision
I notice the pear nest starts to look like a boat

Let’s be wabi-sabi.

(see link if you’re unsure of wabi-sabi meaning)

Let’s embrace the dented, frayed and forgotten. Let’s reclaim the shape of the pear and sail off into new lands, carrying with us what matters from the Old World.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “What would you like to bring to fruition

  1. Like you, I love pears. I think their shape is lovely – it’s odd and usually asymetrical, unbalanced yet still somehow proud and defiant in a standing up sort of way that really does break all the rules and perseveres regardless, with no arrogance or shame. And no matter how badly I may draw or paint them, they are still recognizable as pears. Almost as if their identity is so solidly entrenched in who they are that you just can’t hide what they are. And this is completely aside from their nutritional value – full of fibre and goodness. I have to say I also love lemons, but I think I may have to make pears something special for 2017. Thanks for the new outlook and a little help in discovering my 2017 Fruit of the Year. Let’s hope by the end of December we see some changes for the good…

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s