Early last November, I posted my plans for working on a new series of dolls I have called: "Engel der Schatten Kinder"… (German) which translated is: "the Angel of the Shadow Children."
Katie and I, along with our daughter Emily, attended a three-week workshop with Virginia Fry on grief and loss in the lives of children and their families. In that workshop, she explained that Hospice care in Germany during the past ten years has recognized the forgotten voice of the siblings of terminally ill children. These children, young and old alike, often “fall into the shadows” during this time of grief and loss.
With that in mind, I have re-worked my original design for the series of three angels of the“schatten kinder” among us; their guardians, of sorts… In the following ancient Hebrew text taken from Isaiah 49:15... I am reminded that we, like they, are not forgotten, nor left in the shadows. It reads: “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you."
And so… once again, inspired by the work of Russian artist Roman Shustrov… I will begin working with traditional paper maché paste and strips of newspaper applied to these newest fabric, wood and wire mesh armatures. Their heads will be sculpted with paper clay over the Styrofoam armature.
I have also included in the design of this angel a vintage metal key hole complete with a vintage skeleton key. Arms… will be optional!