On the first day of Christmas our grown-up children found some notebooks (1996) in which we wrote down our holiday-memories. It was nice to read our personal "familychronicle". Every family has a story with memories, with love and pain, with loss and happiness.
Yesterday one of my collages was printed in the newspaper. The theme was family and a quote of the French philosopher Sartre: Family is like chicken pox, you get in childhood and you get marks for a lifetime (maybe my translation is not quite right but it gives the meaning of the quote).
We often spent time with our family. A family is a world by itself, hopefully with love and caring but even love can become a cage. Often we see violence, hatred and tension. I hope you have a caring and loving family that stimulates your creativity and potention. Otherwise you have to free yourself.
In my collages I try to express different aspects, the spectator can make his/her own story.
I love familystories. Being a part of a system, being in the history of your own children. Doing as well as I can but also aware of the "pox".
My wish for you: Hold on to your dreams in 2012
photo: Amat Bolsius