Joys and Sorrows

Joys and Sorrows

Artist: Kimberley Harding

Title: Joys and Sorrows

Attribution: Joys and Sorrows (2017) Kimberley Harding

Year: 2017

Materials: reed, twigs, roots, prunings, ribbon, yarn, strips from my wedding dress, paint

Dimensions: 22" w x 20" d x 18" h

Image Statement: So many of my memories are entwined with the nature sanctuary Habitat in Belmont, MA. My fiancé and I fell in love with this place and chose to wed there under the cherry tree in the formal garden. It was May and its pink blossoms were at their height. I like to remember it as a perfect day, but like all memories, it has unraveled a little, like the strips of fabric from my gown. I don’t mind this, I am happy with the fluidity of memories. Let them sway and tangle and untangle. The beauty of Habitat and the happy memories I started there have lured me to visit regularly. The tranquility I have found there has also provided comfort for many sorrows, large and small, that inevitably come with living. Hovering near the trunk are the dangling ghosts of those who are no longer present in my physical life. Yet each flower is a joy.